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About Virtual Astronomy LIVE!

Intrepid Museum collaborates with digital platform Kerbal Space Academy to allow local, national and
international audiences who have a passion for space science to participate and meet astronauts,
scientists and other talents through a series of online events streamed on TWITCH.TV.

Virtual Astronomy Live programs will take place on a monthly basis on the third Thursday of every
month through December starting at 5:30pm ET
! Times and dates subject to change.

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Sounds from Space
Thursday, November 19, 5:30pm – 7:00pm (ET)

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Upcoming Programs
Times and dates subject to change.


Thursday, December 17

5:30pm-7:00pm EST

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All ages

Summer Ash has been both a rocket scientist and an astrophysicist. She is a freelance science writer and communicator whose work has been published in The Atlantic, NBC News, Smithsonian, Now.Space, Scientific American, Slate, and Nautilus.
John “Das” Galloway:  “Das” is a science outreach communicator who specializes in live, interactive video content. He is the creator of the Kerbal Space Academy, where he uses video games as a tool to start science and engineering conversations with viewers of all ages, and VECTORS Virtual Field Trips, which brings real-time interactive video to museums, events, and historical locations. “Das” also serves as a host and producer for

Past Virtual Astronomy Live Sessions
We hope you had a chance to tune in to Virtual Astronomy Live programs.
If you missed them, see below to stream the events.

April: First Ever Virtual Astronomy Live
Friday, April 24, 2020 2PM EST
Intrepid Museum took its popular astronomy night virtual. Astronauts Mike Massimino, General Charles Bolden, and Dr. Frank Summers story-tell about this date in history April 24, 1990: The 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. The show then welcomed astronaut Nicole Stott and the astronauts reflected on what their training in isolation or living in extremely close quarters can help us navigate sheltering in place during COVID-19.
May: Space X Pre-Launch
Thursday, May 21, 2020 3:30 PM EST
On May 27, Americans once again launched from U.S. soil for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program. Space X sent two NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, on a test mission to help prove the systems meet NASA’s requirements for certification to carry astronauts to the ISS and back. With Michael Massimino, Former NASA astronaut, Professor Columbia University, School of Engineering and Sr. Advisor Space Programs, Intrepid Museum; Garret Reisman, Former NASA astronaut, former director of Space ,Operations, SpaceX, current Professor, USC, School of Engineering.
June: Exploring Origami and Space Science Innovation
Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:00 PM EST
The Museum presented a Virtual Astronomy Live program on Thursday, June 25 from 5:30PM to 7:00PM ET, a free event explored the connection between the ancient art of origami and innovation in space science with special guests Keith Parrish, observatory manager for the James Webb Space Telescope, and Dr. Charlene Morrow, past board chair of OrigamiUSA. After a brief introduction and explanation of origami, Parrish and Dr. Morrow will illustrate how the principles of this art form contributed to a new generation of solar reflectors in space, which help to keep astronauts safe. Dr. Morrow will also discuss and demonstrate origami models, such as the flasher, that have inspired and influenced breakthroughs in space exploration.
July: Exploring Astronaut Photography and Art
Thursday, July 16, 2020 5:00 PM EST
The Museum presented a Virtual Astronomy Live program on Thursday, July 16 from 5:30pm-7:00pm EST, a free event that explores extraordinary voyages and once in a lifetime experiences have always kindled the creative human expression. Astronauts have attempted to convey what they see and feel when they look down on the home planet. Their sense of wonder and amazement has often been translated by their personal photographs. Other astronauts have returned to Earth inspired to create, while a few others actually created art in space.
August: Visualizing Spaceflight Experiences
Thursday, August 20 from 5:30pm-7:00pm ET
The Museum presented a Virtual Astronomy Live program on Thursday, August 20 from 5:30pm-7:00pm ET a free event. Jason Craig, Visualization Producer of NASA’s Eyes software at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as he talks through Eyes on the Solar System, a program that lets you explore the planets, their moons, asteroids, comets and the spacecraft exploring them. He will be joined by Bob Palmer, software engineer, freelance game developer and 3D artist who will discuss walking the line between realistic visual design of space exploration parts while keeping them fun for a video game audience.

September: Exploring Asteroids in our Solar System
Thursday, September 17 from 5:30pm-7:00pm ET
The Museum presented a Virtual Astronomy Live program on Thursday, September 17 from 5:30pm-7:00pm ET a free event that explored Asteroids in our Solar System. Asteroids may be small but studying them could help scientists unravel some big mysteries. The space rocks are fossils from the birth of the solar system some 4.6 billion years ago — celestial fragments that never managed to grow into planets. Currently, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx’s mission is actually scheduled to land on the asteroid Bennu on October 20, 2020, for a five-second sample collecting mission. The spacecraft is scheduled to return the sample to Earth on Sept. 24, 2023. This conversation will detail what scientists hope to learn from the mission and how the techniques developed to gather this sample lay the foundation for the future of spaceflight and exploration.

October 15: Food in Space
Thursday, October 15 from 5:30pm-7:00pm ET
The Museum presented a Virtual Astronomy Live program on Thursday, September 17 from 5:30pm-7:00pm ET Food in Space. Hear about the nutrition and the food selection for astronauts. See how food is packaged for space and taste testing patterns within the Space Food Systems Lab at NASA with ISS Food System Manager, Ryan Dowdy. Viewers will also hear from former NASA Astronaut Michael Massimino, who will share his stories while in space about the food he ate and some fun facts about his time in space.


Friday, April 26  |  Highlights:

Visit the Intergalactic Travel Bureau, a live, interactive experience exploring the incredible possibilities of space tourism through personalized space vacation planning. Speak with one of the Bureau's astrophysicist travel agents and plan your ultimate getaway to outer space!
First-come, first-serve. All ages.

Join us in the Space Shuttle Pavilion for Innovators, where you'll hear from entrepreneurs using NASA technology for the betterment of all. Beer and wine are available for purchase with valid ID.
Advanced Registration Required. Ages 21+.

April 26 Innovators is sold out. Click here to sign up for email updates on our next program.

Friday, May 31 | Highlights:

Enjoy views of the Hudson River and city skyline while you watch Dunkirk from Intrepid’s flight deck. The movie begins at sunset, weather permitting.
First-come, first-served. Stay tuned for more information.

Get ready for some sizzlin' excitement at Mad Science: Fire & Ice. Learn about the properties of fire and combustion in this live, interactive (and safe!) experience on the ship's hangar deck.
First-come, first-served.

Join us for intergalactic yoga—led by Guerilla Science—in the Space Shuttle Pavilion. Stretch like an astronaut and uncover what happens when your mind and body leave the soothing gravity of Earth.
First-come, first-served. All ages.

Friday, June 21 | Highlights:
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Join us on the flight deck for a special screening of the acclaimed new CNN Films and NEON documentary APOLLO 11, by director Todd Douglas Miller and archivist Dan Rooney. Constructed with never-before-seen original 70mm film footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings from the 1969 Apollo mission. The resulting portrait of those historic nine days is dazzling! Space is limited; seating is first come, first served.

With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing less than a month away, visit the Museum's Space Shuttle Pavilion for our new installation—Media, the Moon
and Beyond
. Experience the feelings and emotions of that historical moment through archival news media from the era.
First-come, first-served.

Friday, July 19 | Highlights:
Enjoy views of the Hudson River and city skyline while screening the film First Man on Pier 86 at the Intrepid Museum. The movie begins at sunset, weather permitting. First-come, first-served. All ages.
Movie Nights are
proudly supported by:

Celebrate the Apollo missions with Dr. Noah Petro who will use images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at the Museum's Astronomy Night. Following the talk, enjoy stargazing on the flight deck with high-powered telescopes (weather permitting). First-come, first-served. All ages. For the Astronomy Night presentation, please sign up here.

Explore the universe in the Museum's pop-up planetarium, with our educator-led shows that will take you around our galaxy and back again, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (every 20 minutes). First-come, first-served. All ages.
Friday, August 16 | Highlights:
Summer Movie Series community choice pick: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Enjoy views of the Hudson River and city skyline while you watch Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory from Intrepid's flight deck. The movie begins at sunset, weather permitting. First-come, first-served.
Movie Nights are
proudly supported by:

Explore the wonder of Concorde and learn about its role as an inspiration for the "new space age" at From Concorde to Mars: Designing the Future. With missions back to the Moon and beyond, hear from designers and a space architect about upcoming new technologies and innovations that cater to the needs of both astronauts and tourists. The event will begin at 7:00pm in the Space Shuttle Pavilion. Free. Space is limited. First come, first served.

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Friday, September 27 | Highlights:

Learn about the forces of flight and NASA's journey to the red planet at our special Spanish-language education demos and tour guide talks taking place throughout the evening. First-come, first-served. All ages.

Innovators, 7:30pm
Hear from innovators who are leading the transformation of New York State into a booming hub in the new space economy. 21+ Beer and wine available for purchase with valid ID. Advanced Registration Required. Ages 21+.

Hispanic Heritage Month Panel Discussion
In Partnership with the NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

6:00pm: Hidden Figures: Hispanics Making Strides in STEM:
Panel discussion featuring Hispanic professionals in the STEM fields.

Calling all college students! Head to the Museum for a night of tours, flight simulator rides and trivia while hanging out with friends or making new ones from other schools. Advanced registration required. College students, ID required. Learn More

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This program is supported through a NASA Cooperative Agreement awarded to the New York Space Grant Consortium. The Intrepid Museum’s Virtual Astronomy Live is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
New York Space Grant Consortium