Celebrate World Space Week With An Astronaut

NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao, Ph.D., will be on hand to meet the public and sign autographs at Space Foundation's Discovery Center on October 9. Image Credit: Space Foundation

NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao, Ph.D., will be on hand to meet the public and sign autographs at Space Foundation’s Discovery Center on October 9. Image Credit: Space Foundation

Colorado Springs, Colorado. September 29, 2014 – The Space Foundation is hosting former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao, Ph.D., at the Discovery Center on Thursday, October 9, to share his experiences as a Space Shuttle astronaut and resident of the International Space Station (ISS).

Based in Houston, Chiao is the Space Foundation’s special advisor – human spaceflight. His Space Shuttle missions include: STS-92 Discovery, Oct. 11-24, 2000; STS-72 Endeavour, Jan. 11-20, 1996; STS-65 Columbia, July 8-23, 1994. Additionally, he flew as flight engineer 1 aboard Soyuz TMA-5 to the ISS, where he served as commander and NASA science officer for Expedition 10. He lived on the ISS for more than six months.

The public will have two opportunities to meet Chiao for autographs and photos for this World Space Week event on October 9:

2:00 – 3:00 p.m., autographs and photos with Dr. Chiao (pictured)
5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Dr. Chiao Science On a Sphere┬« presentation, autographs and photos

During the afternoon, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., there will also be presentations and hands-on activities in the Discovery Center to demonstrate what astronauts experience while training for space missions.

There will be a special premier showing from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. of the Science On a Sphere┬« film A Pale Blue Dot, with a live Google Hangout with the film’s producer Victoria Weeks.

There will also be a 6:00 p.m. showing of David J. Ruck’s documentary, I want to be an Astronaut, which examines the current state of America’s space program and a boy’s quest to become an astronaut.

These October 9 activities are part of the Space Foundation’s World Space Week celebration and are included in the price of Discovery Center admission.

Discovery Center daily admission fees are $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors (age 65+), $7.50 for college students with I.D., $4.50 for children ages 4-17. Children age three years and younger are admitted free. Military fees are $5.00 for adults with I.D., and $4.00 for military children ages 4-17 with I.D. Military includes active duty, guard, reserve or retiree with I.D. For information, call the Space Foundation at 719.576.8000.

The Space Foundation Discovery Center is located at 4425 Arrowswest Drive in Colorado Springs, just off of Garden of the Gods Road.