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Astronomy & Space

Join three curators from the Air and Space Museum—currently in the midst of a top-to-bottom renovation of its exhibition spaces—for a look at what the changes hold for future visitors, including plans for a new suite of galleries devoted to the solar system.

Event date
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Fifty years after the first lunar landing, Teasel Muir-Harmony, a curator at the Air and Space Museum, reassesses the history of Project Apollo through some of the most evocative objects of the Space Age in the Smithsonian’s collections.

Event date
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Go inside the epic first mission to Pluto with astrobiologist David Grinspoon. He takes you to July 14, 2015, when the spacecraft New Horizons soared past the long-mysterious icy worlds of the planet’s system. Then, the robotic spacecraft continued on its 9-year voyage 3 billion miles from Earth.

Event date
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

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!

Event date
July 13 - 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Take a day to learn everything you need to know to become an amateur astronomer in informative, expert-led discussions moderated by NASA Solar System Ambassador Woody Davis.

Event date
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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!

Event date
August 17 - 18, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.