Air Force Museum program to spotlight International Space Station

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Air Force Museum program to spotlight International Space Station

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A view of the International Space Station. Family Day at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Nov. 18 will commemorate the station’s 17th anniversary with a variety of free, interactive activities. (Courtesy photo/NASA)

Commemorate the 17th anniversary of a continuous human presence in space and learn about the greatest engineering feat in modern history – the International Space Station – during Family Day Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Designed for children and adults of all ages, Family Day offers several interactive opportunities for all to enjoy. Visitors will be able to learn about spaceflight, living in space and rocketry through a variety of demonstrations and hands-on activities. NASA Solar System Ambassador Tyler Hines will be hosting a demonstration station.

“Storytime” begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery in the fourth building. Preschool and primary-grade children and their families are invited to listen to space-related stories, followed by a hands-on activity.

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 by the Air Force Museum Foundation Inc. (Federal endorsement is not implied).

In support of Family Day, the foundation-operated attractions will offer a discounted rate for the Virtual Reality Simulators spacewalk mission and the 3D movie “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.”

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 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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