Summer Of Discovery Super Saturday: Astronauts!

SOD Astronauts

July 26, 2016 – Former NASA astronaut Christopher “C.J.” Loria will visit the Space Foundation Discovery Center for a presentation about what it takes to become an astronaut on Saturday, July 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn about Loria’s journey to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut, and learn about other exciting careers in space exploration.

Loria graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1983. While serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Col. Loria flew 42 combat missions during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In 1994, he became a NASA test pilot before being selected by NASA as an Astronaut Candidate in 1996. He was scheduled to pilot STS-113, but his spaceflight career ended due to a severe back injury. He lives in Louisville, Colorado.

Loria’s appearance is part of the Space Foundation Discovery Center’s Super Saturday program, “Heroes of Space.” Taking the small steps that help us make the giant leaps, astronauts are the front line of space exploration. Drawn from many backgrounds and professions, these bold explorers help us push the frontiers of science, engineering and the future of humanity.

Other Special Summer of Discovery activities include:

  • Mad Science Demonstrations: 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

  • Telescope Sun Gazing: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Weather permitting)

  • Green Screen Photo opportunities: Free all day Saturday!

  • Special give-away drawings: Tuesday through Saturday (See details below)

  • Mars Robotics Laboratory: 30 minute sessions at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.- Space is limited ($5.00 Extra)

  • AGI Mission Simulations Laboratory: Hour long Minecraft® adventures 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. ($5.00 Extra)

  • Special Presenters: Between 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Science On a Sphere® – Journey to Mars: Tuesday through Saturday on the hour starting at 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

  • Learning and craft stations: Tuesday through Saturday

  • Rocket Alley: Tuesday through Saturday

  • Scavenger Hunt: Tuesday through Saturday