Upcoming Events

Storytellers Series: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter – Our sharp eye orbiting the Moon

Presenters: John Jennings and Donn Anderson As a key part of the Artemis program’s focus of putting humans back on the surface of the Moon, for more than a decade NASAs Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been producing our first highly accurate 3D Lunar maps identifying safe landing sites and locating potential resources on the...

Storytellers Series: Commercial Space Tourism

Presenter: Bill Carton Starting slowly in 2001, orbital space tourism now has 17 flown participants, with dozens on the waiting lists. Suborbital or very high altitude balloon missions have flown another 30+ passengers, but the focus of this discussion is the orbital, extended zero-G experience of living in space, not just short hops. Long predicted...

Storytellers Series: The Europa Clipper – Making a detailed study of Jupiter’s moon and its potential ocean

Presenters: John Jennings and Donn Anderson Planned for launch in October of 2024 onboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy booster, the Europa Clipper is an interplanetary spaceflight to the Galilean moon Europa. This spacecraft will perform follow-up studies to those made by the Galileo spacecraft during its 8 years orbiting Jupiter. Of specific interest is the...

Storytellers Series: The Lockheed D-21 Drone Program

Presenter: Gary Sohn Next to the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb, this was once the second most important United States defense security program. The U.S. was not allowed to fly over China or Russia with crewed aircraft, but the Lockheed D-21—an uncrewed drone—was able to overfly these countries. Attend and learn about this...

Storytellers Series: Our Wandering North Pole

Presenter: Gary Sohn The geographic North Pole is a fixed graphic point, but the magnetic north pole has been wandering about the northern part of our globe for millions of years. Find out what causes this behavior and what affects it can have on living things. Location: Space Museum Galaxy Theater Cost: Included with Admission

Storytellers Series: NASA’s Amazing Landsat Satellites

Presenters: John Jennings and Donn Anderson  Landsat satellites have been showing us our Earth from space since Landsat 1 launched in 1972! Developed jointly by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Landsat collects data on the forests, farms, urban areas, and freshwater of our home planet generating the longest continuous record of its kind....

Storytellers Series: The Russian Moon Program – What Went Wrong?

Presenter: Tuesday Docent In the 1960s, two great nations competed to “Put a man on the Moon.” Russia's N1 rocket was in development at the same time as the U.S. Saturn V, but theirs failed. Find out why. Location: Space Museum Galaxy Theater Cost: Included with Admission

Storytellers Series: Psyche, Nasa’s Mission To The Largest Metal Asteroid

Presenters: Donn Anderson and John Jennings The vast majority of asteroids have a variety of rocky compositions. But a few asteroids seem to be made primarily of something really amazing: METAL! The largest  of these discovered so far is Psyche. Come find out why we are interested in this particular and peculiar type of asteroid!...

Storytellers Series: Nasa’s Innovative Artemis CLPS Initiative

Presenters: John Jennings and Donn Anderson As part of NASA’s Artemis moon program, CLPS, which stands for Commercial Lunar Payload Services, is designed to establish private sector lunar lander services to deliver small and medium sized scientific payloads and technology demonstrations to the Moon’s surface. Come learn more about this plan to use commercial capabilities...

Storytellers Series: OSIRIS-REx: To the Asteroid Bennu and Back Again

Presenter: Donn Anderson NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security - Regolith Explorer) is the first U.S. space mission to orbit a near Earth asteroid and return a sample from it safely to Earth. This seven year mission to Bennu successfully landed its capsule last September. Analyzing the on board sample will help scientists...

Storytellers Series: NASA’s Amazing Mission to the Asteroid Belt

Presenter: John Jennings NASA’s innovative DAWN spacecraft studied the conditions and processes of the solar system’s earliest epoch by investigating in detail two of the largest protoplanets in the Asteroid Belt still remaining intact since their formations: the giant asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres, two main asteroid belt worlds that followed very different evolutionary...