“I Want to be an Astronaut” At The Discovery Center January 10

Former NASA astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao, the Space Foundation's special advisor - human spaceflight, takes a spin in the Barany Chair. Image Credit: Space Foundation Discovery Center

Former NASA astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao, the Space Foundation’s special advisor – human spaceflight, takes a spin in the Barany Chair. Image Credit: Space Foundation Discovery Center

January 9, 2015 – On Saturday January 10, the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs will be hosting a special Star Days event on the theme of “I Want to be an Astronaut.” Activities included in the daily price of admission will demonstrate the astronaut experience and how to train like an astronaut.

Museum guests will be able to try the Barany Chair, which simulates spatial disorientation by spinning the occupant. The Barany Chair was invented to train student pilots, and demonstrates the importance of relying on instruments rather than human senses. Participants will learn what astronauts and pilots experience in flight.

The following activities will be available from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Train like an astronaut equipment and activities
  • Watch a Space Shuttle film in the museum’s Area 51
  • Drive remote control rovers in the Mars Robotics Laboratory
  • Play Kerbal Space Program in the AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory
  • Photograph yourself as an astronaut
  • The Space Foundation Discovery Center offers educational exhibits for all ages. Admission also includes Science On a Sphere® presentations and exhibits of the Space Foundation’s collection of space artifacts.

    About the Space Foundation Discovery Center

    The Space Foundation Discovery Center is located at 4425 Arrowswest Drive in Colorado Springs, just off of Garden of the Gods Road, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    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 rates 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 more information, visit www.spacefoundation.org/museum, or call the Space Foundation at 719.576.8000.