Free Space Day Fun in San Diego This Weekend

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Penn State Space Day 2004 photo by George ChrissPenn State Space Day 2004 photo by George ChrissThis Saturday from 10am to 3pm, the San Diego Air & Space Museum is hosting a free family day in honor of Space Day.  There seems to have been some kind of official sponsored Space Day last weekend with lessson plans and a family day at the Smithsonian, but we San Diegans are the last to hear so we follow our own schedule.

All I know is that this Saturday a certain 3-year-old geeklet and I will be touching a meteorite, driving a Mars rover, building a paper rocket, designing our own space patch, looking through a telescope (in the middle of the day, natch), and generally nerding out together.  If I also get the chance to rub shoulders with science luminaries and private space pioneers, then so be it.

I’m especially looking forward to the Imagining the Future of Flight Exhibition, which sounds lofty but is actually a display of spacecraft models made by children ages 0-18.   From scratch, no kits.  As the flyer says, "Creative use of materials is highly encouraged."  Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.

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