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All Hands on Deck: Science, Space and Astronomy Night at the Intrepid Museum – FREE

Thursday, May 29, 2014
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Join the World Science Festival and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for a first of its kind evening that includes a special screening of “Gravity,” under the space shuttle Enterprise, conversations with astronauts, stargazing, a search for exoplanets, after-hours access to the Exploreum Interactive Hall, and more.

Astronomy Night: Stargazing, Star Chats and The Hidden Light – Free
Break out your telescope or come borrow one of ours during a night of urban stargazing. Join leading astronomers, NASA scientists, astronauts and Intrepid Educators to explore the far-flung wonders of the cosmos. Search for supernovae, track asteroids, or just find your new favorite constellation.

International Space Station NASA Mobile Exhibit – Free
You may not be an astronaut, but you can still explore the International Space Station. Step aboard the new NASA Mobile Exhibit, the next best thing to actually floating around the ISS. A rumbling floor shakes you as you lift off on your journey to humanity’s home in orbit. Once you arrive on board, you’ll learn all about this football-field sized laboratory that travels more than 17,000 miles per hour—that’s almost 16 orbits per day. Then let NASA scientists tell you about science experiments happening far above the Earth’s surface—and why they’re important for those of us down here.

Presented in collaboration with NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

The Hidden Light: Searching for Exoplanets – Free
Searching for planets surrounded by stars is like trying to find a firefly in front of a spotlight if it’s in New York and you’re in LA. Stars are big and bright, and the planets are small and dim. Get a taste of what it’s like to be an exoplanet hunter with NASA Jet Propulsion Lab’s interactive game, The Hidden Light. This installation will help you see what is invisible to the naked eye.

Presented in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.

Exploreum – Free
If you’re bringing the whole family, stop by the Exploreum and portable planetarium. Play “space pinball” to learn how orbits and gravitational pull work, feel the sensation of being on water when scrambling into a lifeboat, and climb into an actual Bell 47 helicopter. Find out even more about space at the presentations of “Poof Life in a Vacuum” and “Comet!”

The new NASA Mobile Exhibit will be open to the public at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Wednesday, May 28 – Friday, May 30; 10am – 5pm.

Rain or Shine. The Intrepid Museum brings the party inside if the weather is inclement.


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