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Dates:Friday, June 16, 2023 - Friday, June 16, 2023
Hours:7:00 pm - 9:30p m
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Category:Special Events

2023 marks the 40th anniversary of Sally Ride’s historic STS-7 mission and becoming the first American woman in space.

To honor her and this special anniversary, the Christa McAuliffe Center is partnering with the National Air and Space Museum and joining fellow Smithsonian Affiliates across the country to host an evening filled with free fun for learners of all ages!

Come celebrate and show us how you #ShineLikeSally!

Event schedule:

7:30-8:15: Keynote presentation by Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, Curator and Department Chair, Space History Department, National Air and Space Museum

-Join Dr. Margaret Weitekamp as she discusses her recent book, 'Space Craze: America’s Enduring Fascination with Real and Imagined Spaceflight' (Smithsonian Books, 2022).

Written based on Weitekamp’s experience working with the Museum’s collections of spaceflight memorabilia and space science fiction objects, 'Space Craze' surveys the long history of spaceflight, from the formative stories told by Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, to the historic flights of John Glenn and the Apollo astronauts, through the Space Shuttle era to the present.

How does material culture – things such as toys, pins, buttons, mugs, and mission patches – illuminate the story of spaceflight as a particularly American endeavor?

7:00-8:30: Hands-on activities led by NASA Solar System Ambassadors and giveaways

-David S. Ball: Test Your Knowledge About STS-7 and Dr. Sally Ride Prizes for answering questions about spaceflight, Space Shuttle Challenger, and America's first woman in space!

-Pat Monteith: Spinning Through the Solar System Choose from one of two different activities to build and take home: a spinning solar system or a Mars Ingenuity Helicopter!

-Amanda Thompson: Humans and the Risks of Spaceflight Learn about space’s effects on the human body and how that affects close space exploration vs. far!

8:30-9:30: Stargazing with McAuliffe Center staff or interactive Solar System Explorers program

More information and link to register HERE!



100 State Street, Framingham, MA, 01702 map

Parking is available in the Maynard Road, Salem End Road, and Maple Street Parking Lots. Once parked, follow Framingham State University’s signs and the McAuliffe Center’s yard signs to the McCarthy Center at 93 State Street Framingham, MA 01702. The Forum is on the second floor of the McCarthy Center, Room 212.

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  • Registration is required: This event is free, and attendees of all ages are welcome! Stargazing is weather-permitting. In case of inclement weather or conditions inconducive for observing, the stargazing portion of the event will be cancelled and replaced with the Solar System Explorers program.

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