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NASA and Air and Space Museum Invite Media to Space Day Activities

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NASA and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum invite reporters to attend Space Day 2009 activities Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT at the museum. The museum is located at 7th Street and Independence Ave, S.W., Washington.

Space Day is an educational initiative traditionally held annually on the first Friday of May. This year’s theme is "Celebrating Human Space Flight: Past, Present and Future." In classrooms across America, students will celebrate the accomplishments of space exploration by engaging in math and science educational activities. Lockheed Martin sponsors Space Day.

Space Day 2009 activities are:

10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.: Panel discussion with former astronauts Dr. Dan Barry, Roger Crouch and Capt. Kenneth Reightler, Jr.

11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.: Multimedia presentation by the astronauts of STS-119, the March 2009 space shuttle Discovery crew. STS-119 crew members Commander Lee Archambault, Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Joseph Acaba, Richard Arnold, Steve Swanson and John Phillips will talk about their experiences on the International Space Station.

12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.: Multimedia presentation by Richard Paul with interviews and videos of astronauts playing music in space.

11:23 or 11:48 a.m.: (barring technical difficulties) Live talk with an astronaut on the International Space Station, courtesy of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS).

FIRST Robotics: Local robotics teams’ demonstrations of their expertise in building and controlling robots for competition.

The New Lunar Rover: W. Brent Garry, museum geologist, talk about his experiences as a test driver of the next generation of lunar rovers.

Orion Crew Vehicle: Get a sneak peek at the much-anticipated successor to the space shuttle, the Orion crew exploration vehicle.

Northern Virginia Association of Rocketry: Home-built rockets.

Lunar Surface and Rock: Priscilla Strain, museum scientist, talk about the moon’s surface.

Book Signing: Brian Floca, author of "Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, " a story of adventure and discovery for ages 4-7.

See also: Cedar Point’s Math & Science Week To Feature NASA, COSI-Columbus and the Detroit Science Center

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