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Astronomy & Space

Remembering Apollo 13

The 1970 Apollo 13 mission almost ended in tragedy when an explosion occurred on its way to a moon landing. Learn how a possible disaster was turned into a global rescue mission.

Date of event
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Very Secret, Very Cool: The Mysteries of Area 51

The clandestine nature of the CIA’s southern Nevada flight-test site for the development of up-to-the-minute reconnaissance craft was essential to its work in the 1950s. CIA historian Brent Geary tells the story behind the mythology of Area 51, including how some of the Air Force’s official cover stories deliberately fed one of the period’s hottest conspiracy theories: the existence of alien life.

Date of event
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Searching for Life in the Universe

Since the dawn of humankind, we have wondered if we are alone in the universe. Join a trio of professors of physics and astronomy at George Mason University to examine how science has progressed in furthering our understanding of this age-old question. The program is the first in a series of Space Sundays at George Mason University Observatory.

Date of event
Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

What To Tell Your Dog About Einstein

Albert Einstein is such an iconic figure that most people, and more than a few dogs, can instantly recognize him as a famous scientist. Author Chad Orzel—whose several popular-science books include How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog—describes how the core idea of Einstein’s theory of relativity forces us to re-think the nature of space and time, through scenarios that cats and dogs might find familiar.

Date of event
Monday, June 22, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Smithsonian Sleepover at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date of event
Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.

Smithsonian Sleepover at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date of event
Saturday, August 1, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.

Smithsonian Sleepover at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date of event
Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.

Galileo: Lessons from a Great Scientist

For Albert Einstein, Galileo Galilei was “the father of modern physics—indeed, of modern science altogether.” Astrophysicist Mario Livio examines Galileo’s monumental achievements in astronomy, mechanics, and the development of the scientific method.

Date of event
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.