The museum is partnering with the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum as the local host for Sally's Night, which is a national celebration of the 40th anniversary of Dr. Sally Ride's first spaceflight. This commemorative event on Saturday, June 3 to coincide with the closing weekend of our temporary exhibit on loan from NASA, Roving with Perseverance, which is a full-scale Mars rover model.
From 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., family-friendly, space-themed activities will include worksheets, hands-on projects, and 360-degree virtual reality tours provided by NASA at Home. Local women scientists working on Mars remote exploration, astrobiology, the James Webb Telescope, and Venus mapping projects will be the event's guest presenters.
At 6:00 p.m.,the museum will host a panel discussion featuring women in space science followed by a screening of the feature film Hidden Figures (2016) in the planetarium as part of our movie and panel series, Science: Fiction or Fact?. Hidden Figures highlights African American female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race. Before the movie, the panel will review the featured film for scientific and historical accuracies and inaccuracies in an open forum style that encourages audience participation.
Registration for Hidden Figures is strongly encouraged since space is limited. Please register below by clicking the button. This film is sponsored by the Smithsonian and is free of charge.