Space Saturday Celebration
Saturday, April 6
Celebrate the opening of the new NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Check out all of the exciting new space-themed exhibits, and see what it’s like to live and work in space. All programs and activities listed below are free with paid general admission to Great Lakes Science Center except where indicated.
10 am – 5pm – Free general admission all day long for youth 12 and under.
10 am – Free astronaut ice cream to the first 300 guests who arrive for Space Saturday!
10 am – "Liquids in Space" family workshop
Bring the whole family and join Cleveland astronaut Dr. Don Thomas in an out-of-this world exploration of surface tension forces. Learn what surface tension is, how it works at the molecular level and how it can be disrupted. Enjoy hands-on experiments as we test how liquids form a sphere in space. Registration required. Space is limited. $5 per person. Call 216-621-2400 to register!
10 am – 5 pm – Learn about NASA Glenn Research Center
Chat with researchers, engineers and experts from the NASA Glenn Research Center who will be on the floor sharing NASA Glenn’s contributions. Meet the people who worked on the Mars Curiosity rover, Centaur rocket, International Space Station science research and other programs featured in our new NASA exhibits.
11 am – “Space Stations: Stepping Stones to the Solar System and the Stars”
Join an engineer from NASA Glenn Research Center for this 30-minute presentation showing the evolution of space stations throughout the history of space exploration. Learn how space stations prepare us to live and work in space for extended periods of time so that humanity can soon reach for the solar system and beyond. No reservations required.
11 am – 4 pm – Picture Yourself in Space
Grab your family and friends and get a free souvenir photo in our space-themed photo booth.
11 am – 4 pm – Hands-on activity carts
- Space Food – See real space food, then get yourself vacuum-packed just like space food!
- NASA Touch Cart – Get up close and touch the space hardware that played a part in testing and developing NASA programs
Noon – OMNIMAX movie, Hubble
See a special showing of this popular space-themed movie. Regular OMNIMAX fees apply.
Dr. Don Thomas
1 pm – “Living and Working in Space”
Meet NASA astronaut and native Clevelander, Don Thomas, and hear his remarks on “Living and Working in Space.” As a mission specialist astronaut for NASA, Dr. Thomas has flown on four different space shuttle missions and has spent 44 days in space. He completed nearly 700 orbits of the Earth traveling nearly 20 million miles in the process. Space is limited. Seating available on a first come/first served basis.
2 – 3 pm – Meet and greet autograph session
Shake hands and get an autograph from NASA astronaut, Don Thomas. Don’t forget your camera!
Time TBD - Pose with Eva
Meet Eva, NASA’s larger-than-life inflatable astronaut who will be “spacewalking” around the Science Center. Take your picture with Eva – she loves to meet new people! Check daily schedule for times.