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Intrepid's SpaceFest is ready for takeoff on Thursday, July 25

The four-day festival of all things astronomy launches into Pier 86 this Thursday, bringing NASA experts, a LEGO model and out-out-this-world activities.

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Intrepid Space Fest

Photograph: Alvina Lai

Intrepid Space Fest


Every kid’s favorite subject comes to life this week at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum’s Pier 86—and we’re over-the-moon about it. From Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28, the second (and now annual) event promises four full days of interactions with real NASA astronauts, kid-friendly lectures and booths touting everything from lunar landing video games to virtual space tours. Combine that with the long-awaited reopening of the Space Shuttle Pavilion and the historic Enterprise, and our hopes are astronomical. Here’s everything you need to see at SpaceFest 2013:

Check out the interactive displays on Pier 86
Each day from 10am to 6pm, guests can peruse the outposts of museums and STEM-supporting institutions, where activities like 3D-printing and robotics line the pier. Be sure to stop by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis booth, where kids can try piloting a small foam plane, designing a parachute and landing a space shuttle, or experiment with gravity and light rays at Liberty Science Center's area. They’ll also see demonstrations by experts themselves, like the local teams from First Robotics, who’ll show off their Frisbee-throwing, hoop-shooting and pyramid-climbing creations. And of course, expect plenty of photo ops while kids try to scale the Coca-Cola inflatable rock-climbing wall or cozy up to Star Wars characters and a waxy Albert Einstein from Madame Tussauds.

Meet NASA astronauts
Kids can fill their brains with factoids even before heading back to school with lectures, talks and tours about space from people who’ve actually been there. Aerospace technician Tim Keyser guides a tour around the Space Shuttle Pavilion, where he’ll discuss his time working on the Enterprise, and in the Lutnick Theater, two NASA astronauts, Dr. Ellen Baker and Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman will lead presentations about what it’s like to live and work in space. Back on the pier, catch a demo on how comets are formed and watch one come to life.

Get a front row seat to the stars
Reserve a spot at Astronomy Night (Saturday,July 27 8–10pm), where local astronomers teach families how to use high-powered telescopes and navigate constellations. Throughout the evening, they’ll also hear demos and talks on the mysteries of the night sky. RSVP is required; e-mail educationevents@intrepidmuseum.org.

See the (other) Enterprise
Steps away from the Space Shuttle Pavilion, families can escape into the world of that other Enterprise with a screening of 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture. As part of the Intrepid’s Summer Movie Series, the film is completely free and open to the public on the museum’s Flight Deck (Friday, July 26 at 7:30pm).

Visit two awesome exhibits
In addition to the games and workshops on the pier, be sure to stop by NASA’s exhibition “Innovate – Explore – Discover – Inspire” at Hangar 3, which give curious kiddos a run-down of the latest innovations in space science and NASA’s missions at the International Space Station. But kids will undoubtedly run straight to the LEGO model of the Enterprise, to be unveiled Friday, July 26 at 10am and on display throughout the rest of the fest. It may not be the largest in the world, but hey, who doesn’t love LEGOs?

SpaceFest runs from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, July 28. For a complete schedule of events and pricing information, visit the
Intrepid’s website.


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