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Join us at the Intrepid Museum for the fourth annual Space & Science Festival! Hear an astronaut's stories about flying into space, experience the movement of satellites in real time, and glimpse into the future of space exploration, all during this four-day celebration of science, art and innovation!

Throughout the festival, enjoy displays and activities by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Final Frontier Design, FIRST Robotics and our other partners, as well as special Tour Guide Talks and demos from the Museum’s stellar team of educators! And don’t forget to check out HUBBLE@25 in the Space Shuttle Pavilion, an exhibition celebrating 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope.

All activities on Pier 86 are free to the public. Activities and presentations in the Museum and Space Shuttle Pavilion are free with Museum and Pavilion admission.

NASA’s Orbit Pavilion
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Sunday, July 26

Pier Displays
10:00am–6:00pm, Pier 86
Activities and displays by FIRST Robotics, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Con Edison, Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, Museum educators, National Space Society of New York and Coca-Cola.

Final Frontier Design
10:00am-6:00pm, Hangar 3
Based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Final Frontier Design is developing aerospace safety garments for the next generation of space travel—heralded now by private companies venturing into space exploration. Learn how spacesuits are made and try on Final Frontier Design's latest prototype gloves.

Display by CUNYSAT-1
10:00am—6:00pm, Hangar 3
Students in Dr. Shermane Austin’s CUNYSAT program at Medgar Evers College will present their research in CubeSat technology. CubeSats, tiny cube-shaped satellites, are part of an exciting new type of space exploration, in which manned missions to the moon and beyond are supported by private companies, venture capital and even crowdsourcing.

Tour Guide Talk: Focus on Hubble: The Challenge to Improve Our Greatest Telescope
11:30pm & 3:00pm, Space Shuttle Pavilion
The Hubble Space Telescope was designed to be repaired and upgraded in Earth orbit. This 15-minute illustrated talk covers the five bold servicing missions made by space shuttle crews and the scientific discoveries behind Hubble’s spectacular images. .

Space Panorama
Noon, Space Shuttle Pavilion
Andrew Dawson re-creates the entire 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing with nothing more than his hands, a table and Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 10. This magical performance takes us from Houston to the moon and returns us safely to Earth, and the deftness of Dawson’s hands conveys the colossal distances and the risks involved. (40 min.)

Intergalactic Travel Bureau: Cosmic Vacations
Noon–5:00pm, Space Shuttle Pavilion
Plan the holiday experience of a lifetime—on another planet! Rock climbing on Mars? Skiing on Pluto? This interactive science theater features “travel agents” and astronomers who use real data to create a personalized vacation in space just for you. See the world in a whole new way!

Pop-up Planetarium: Navigating the Sky
12:30pm. 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm & 4:00pm, Sign up at the Michael Tyler Fisher Center for Education

Tour Guide Talk: Sally Ride
12:45pm, Hangar 1

Meet the Pilot: Former NASA astronaut Pamela Melroy
1:00pm, Lutnick Theater
Former NASA astronaut Pamela Melroy shares her experiences with journalist Lynn Sherr. Melroy is one of only two women who commanded the space shuttle. She piloted two shuttle missions—STS-92 in 2000 and STS-112 in 2002—and logged more than 38 days in space. A former test pilot in the U.S. Air Force and a veteran of Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield and Desert Storm, she has more than 200 combat and combat support hours. Her impressive career includes serving as crew module lead for the Columbia Reconstruction Project, deputy project manager for the Columbia Crew Survival Investigation and branch chief for the Orion Branch of the Astronaut Office. In 2013, she joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Tour Guide Talk: Light This Candle [NEW]
1:45pm, Space Shuttle Pavilion
“Light this candle!” These three words, uttered by Alan Shepard, began NASA’s tradition of daring space exploration—an endeavor not without risk. Seventeen astronauts in America’s space shuttle program lost their lives exploring this new frontier. Learn about the astronauts of the Apollo I, Challenger STS-51L and Columbia STS-107 missions and their legacy for future generations.

Members Meet-and-Greet with Pamela Melroy
2:30pm, Great Hall
Following Meet the Pilot, Intrepid Museum members are invited to a special meet-and-greet with Pamela Melroy. To join as a member or RSVP for the meet-and-greet, call 646-381-5030 or click here.

Book Signing: Lynn Sherr
2:30pm, Hangar 3
Lynn Sherr signs copies of her book Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space. An award-winning broadcaster and best-selling author, Sherr spent more than 30 years at ABC News, including more than 20 years as a correspondent with 20/20. Her newest book, Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space, was a New York Times science best seller, was named one of the Washington Post’s best books of the year, and was a finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards for history and biography.

Presentation by Final Frontier Design
2:30pm, Hangar 3
Imagine wearing a real spacesuit, performing the tasks of an astronaut and piloting your own craft on the moon.

Alan Stern: New Horizons
3:30pm, Hangar 3
Alan Stern, principal investigator for the New Horizons mission to Pluto, shares exciting findings from the Pluto flyby of July 14, 2015. If all goes according to plan, the data received will give us the first detailed images of Pluto and its moons. Scientists hope to find answers to basic questions about the surface properties, geology, interior makeup and atmospheres of these bodies—the first ice dwarf planet and its moons to be visited by a spacecraft.


Activities on Pier 86 are free to the public.
Schedule is subject to change

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