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Free ‘Globe Trotting’ event on Feb. 17 at National Museum USAF

Learn about satellites during Family Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2013, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Learn about the fascinating world of satellites as we take a close look at how GPS works through fun demos and hands-on activities on Feb. 17 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

DAYTON, Ohio --

Learn about the fascinating world of satellites – both natural and man-made – as we take a close look at how GPS works through fun demos and hands-on activities on Feb. 17 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

 

Visitors can learn why satellites spin, how a GPS unit works, how an object orbits the planet, and play a version of skee ball that demonstrates the path of an object in orbit.

 

Several special presentations on satellites are also being offered. At 11:30 a.m., visitors are invited to the STEM Learning Node in the Global Reach Gallery to hear about spy satellites and at 1:30 p.m. to hear about weather satellites.  Both presentations will last about 45 minutes each.

 

“Storytime” begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to hear a story about Sammy the Satellite and make their own paper craft.

 

All activities are free, and no advanced reservations are necessary. For additional information visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Education/Family-Day or call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646.

 

Some materials for the program are being provided through the generosity of the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc.  (Federal endorsement is not implied). 

 

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.

 

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NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Education Division at (937) 255-4646.

 

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Danielle Almeter at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.

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