The Spaceflight America Museum, located in Prince Frederick, Maryland, invites the community to their open house event on November 7th from 1pm to 9pm at the Arthur Storer Planetarium.
The open house is a free event to introduce the Southern Maryland area to the museum, promote new hours, showcase science and technology in the community, and present an opportunity for new volunteers. The Spaceflight America Museum and Science Center will have displays telling stories from Mercury, the beginning of America’s manned spaceflight, all the way up to current spaceflight operations.
Spaceflight America’s CEO, Alan Hayes also announced the hours of operation to follow the open house. “We are proud to be part of the local community and will be participating in the ‘First Free Friday’ movement with other organizations in the area. Admission for the first Friday of the month is free, so we invite everyone to take advantage of that, bring the kids to enjoy the Kidz Zone, and see the unique displays that we have”. The museum and planetarium will be open the first Friday of the month (5pm-9pm) and the first and third Saturday of the month (9am-5pm). Admission fees for Saturdays will be $5/adults, $4/kids 4-17, kids 4 and below and active duty military and their immediate family are free.
The Spaceflight America Museum is located at the Arthur Storer Planetarium, on the grounds of Calvert High School (520 Fox Run Blvd, Prince Frederick, Md) and serves to promote, preserve and restore artifacts and technology that chronicle the history of manned and unmanned spaceflight with a goal to educate the public, and inspire the next generation of dreamers.
A highlight of the open house will be the ribbon cutting on the all new International Space Station exhibit. The exhibit is a 2,700 cubic foot, walk-through display showcasing how astronauts on the ISS eat, sleep, work, and even relieve themselves. There are replicas of an astronaut’s sleeping quarters, the glove box where experiments are conducted, space food, medical supplies, and even the toilet that is on the outpost in space. Also included in the ISS is veteran astronaut and spacewalker Reid Wiseman’s iconic blue flight suit complete with his Expedition 40 and 41 patches and nametag. Other historical items on display will include various space suits, helmets, and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s military flight suit.
Invitations have been extended to various rocketry, robotics, space, and science related organizations in the community to partner with the museum for this event. This will also include many hands-on activities, guest presentations and a keynote speaker.
More information will be available on the website www.spaceflightamericamuseum.org and the museum’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Spaceflightamericamuseum as attendance is confirmed.