Discover NASA At Louisville Public Library


October 30, 2015 – The Louisville Library is hosting the new museum-quality Discover NASA exhibit until January 5, 2016. Visitors to the library can learn about space science while enjoying this fun, interactive exhibit. The library will also be hosting a series of space-related programming.

The National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in Boulder chose Louisville to pilot the exhibit, which will then move on to other libraries during a two-year tour. The NASA-funded exhibit introduces audiences to space weather, sunspots, Mars exploration and the International Space Station. Touchscreen computers invite visitors to play a game of golf, answer trivia questions, or land a spacecraft on Mars. Multimedia displays offer additional information and highlight Colorado’s role in space exploration.


One of the most unique aspects of the exhibit is a timeline of space-related events. Visitors are encouraged to share their own memories of the events on sticky notes that become part of the timeline. There are both happy and sad events listed on the timeline.

Here are some examples of entries from July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong and “Buzz” Aldrin became the first people to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission.




And here are some from January 28, 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff:




The Space Science Institute, a Boulder-based non-profit organization, aims to integrate research with education and public outreach, promoting inquire-based learning and science literacy. Its programs include traveling museum exhibitions, award-winning educational media, hands-on teaching resources and activities, and educator workshops.

SSI is a national leader in developing traveling science exhibitions. By focusing on areas that are not served by a science center, NCIL can promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities to underserved communities.

The Louisville Library is located at 951 Spruce Street, Louisville, Colorado.

Related Events and Programs:

  • NASA’s Earth Observations of the Global Environment
    Family Program (No reservations required)
    7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    November 2

    A bird’s eye view of the Earth reveals the impacts and powerlessness of humankind. See and learn more about the latest images from NASA. Presented by Dr. Michael King, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at CU, and formerly with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

  • Solar Scopes with Longmont Astronomical Society
    Family Program (Drop in Program)
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    November 7

    See the sun like you’ve never seen it before! The Longmont Astronomical Society will set up special telescopes outside the library.

  • Make Your Own Light Saber
    Ages 7-12 (Registration is required)
    3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    November 10

    Come learn the basics of open and closed circuits, switches, polarity, and then make your own miniature LED light saber.

  • Star Wars Party
    Children’s Program (Registration is required)
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    November 21

    Celebrate your love for all things Star Wars! Play Star Wars Bingo, make Star Wars crafts, and snap a selfie at our Star Wars photo booth!

  • Star Wars Party
    Teen Program (Registration is required)
    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    November 21

    Celebrate your love for all things Star Wars! Play Star Wars Bingo, make Star Wars crafts, and snap a selfie at our Star Wars photo booth!

  • NASA Pluto New Horizons Mission
    Ages 10 and up (No registration required)
    6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    December 2

    Come learn more about the New Horizons mission and look at recent pictures of Pluto. Pick the brain of a world-renowned astronomer and blogger whose work has been called “a monumental service to the space science community.” Presented by Phil Plait (aka The Bad Astronomer) who has done Crash Course Astronomy and outreach for NASA missions.

  • Centaurus HS Engineering Students ISS Experiment
    Ages 10 and up (No registration required)
    6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    December 7

    Engineering students at Centaurus created a micro-gravity experiment that was intended for the International Space Station. Unfortunately, the experiment was lost in the SpaceX rocket explosion in June. The students will be here to show prototypes, and talk about their lost project.

  • Comet Making
    All Ages (No registration required)
    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    January 4

    Super science study of comets, led by Anne Holland of Space Science Institute, National Center for Interactive Learning.

  • Good Science/Bad Science Of The Movie Armageddon
    Ages 10 and up (No registration required)
    4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    January 4

    Watch the sci-fi disaster thriller Armageddon and join in on a panel discussion of the good and bad science throughout the movie.