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Learn about space exploration during free event on July 16

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  • By Sarah Swan
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Commemorate the anniversaries of several milestone space explorations during the “Newton in Space” event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.


2016 marks the 45th 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 on display in the Space Gallery in the museum’s new fourth building!


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


“Storytime” begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in Carney Auditorium. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to listen to stories and make a space-related craft. A limited number of books will be available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis during each storytime, through the generosity of the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. and PNC Foundation. (No federal endorsement implied.)


During this month’s Aerospace Adventure, participants can make and launch a paper Saturn V rocket. This free activity takes place from 1:30-3 p.m. in the event area near the Korean War Gallery.

All activities are free, and no advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646 for additional information.


The Air Force Museum Foundation will offer space-related activities at its attractions throughout the day. Visitors can see the 25-minute movie Journey to Space 3D in the theatre or try out a space ride in one of the interactive flight simulators, including the new virtual reality Space Walk in the fourth building. Please note that there is a charge for these activities -- the money raised by the Foundation supports museum expansion as well as events and activities. For more information, visit


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 Sarah Swan at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.