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Learn About Newton in Space During Family Day at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

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Explore space with us this month as we commemorate the anniversaries of two special moon missions during Family Day on Saturday, July 21 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

July 20th will mark the 49th anniversary of Apollo 11 - the first time humans set foot on the moon, and July 30th is the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 15 mission, which had an all Air Force crew and landed on the moon on July 30, 1971. Visitors can see the Apollo 15 command module in the museum's Space Gallery!

Throughout the day, visitors can participate in demonstration stations and hands-on activities to learn about space exploration, including the Apollo missions and the mighty Saturn V moon rocket.  

In addition, visitors will be able to participate in a free “Build and Launch” rocket workshop in the second building from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., while supplies last. Children will be given a free rocket kit to build on site and then launch on museum grounds.  The launch of these rockets as well as additional demonstration rocket flights is being hosted by Wright Stuff Rocketeers, a local rocketry club. Museum visitors may only launch rockets built during the workshop on museum grounds prior to 3 p.m. The free rocket kits are being provided by the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. (Federal endorsement is not implied).

For the younger audience, "Storytime" begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node located in the Presidential Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to hear space-related stories and make a free craft project.

All activities are free, and no advanced reservations are necessary. For additional information visit or call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646.

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



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.