LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Science Center is presenting Space Fest, a free, three-day festival from Oct. 30 – Nov.1 featuring NASA exhibits, displays and fun demonstrations honoring aeronautics and space explorations past, present and future. From 10 am to 5 pm daily, visitors to Space Fest will learn about current NASA research missions, future space travel and NASA involvement in enhancing aeronautics.
Guests will experience a number of unique activities including: exploring Mars to unlock the secrets of the Red Planet; checking out models of cool NASA air and spacecraft; and taking photos in a space suit with scenes of Mars and the International Space Station.
Space Fest will feature a special preview of a 50 year-old Ranger spacecraft that was shuttered in storage crates at the Smithsonian, but has now been fully restored by a small team of volunteers at the Science Center who were guided by a retired JPL engineer that actually worked on the Ranger. The small team, which ranged in age from 18 – 80, sorted through 15 crates containing 744 spare parts and reassembled the spacecraft with hardly any drawings or instructions in only eight months.
All events and activities take place in the Loker Conference Center located on the first floor of the Science Center.
Following is the Space Fest Schedule:
SPACE AND FLIGHT PRESENTATIONS
Daily: 10:30 am • 12:30pm • 2:30pm
Accomplished pilots, scientists, and an astronaut will share their experiences in flight and the future of space travel.
THREE NIGHTS, THREE DAYS FILM SCREENINGS
Daily: 11:30am • 1:30pm • 3:30pm
An exciting documentary that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the monumental feat of moving Endeavour through the streets of Los Angeles and Inglewood. (Run time: 24 minutes)
Space Fest attendees can also visit Journey to Space: The Exhibition and 3D film. The exhibition examines the environment of space, including the hazards faced by astronauts and the innovative solutions developed by engineers to help them survive. A highlight of the exhibition features a large-scale interactive called the Destiny Lab, where guests can experience the disorientation of spaceflight. Hands-on exhibits, games, and incredible footage of real crew members aboard the International Space Station show how we are learning to live and work in space. Journey to Space 3D IMAX film explores the past and ambitious future of human space travel. Narrated by film and television legend, Sir Patrick Stewart, the film showcases the existing challenges and future plans by NASA and the space community to carry out missions that once seemed impossible – like landing astronauts on Mars. Both the exhibition and film charge admission. Please visit www.californiasciencecenter.org for more detailed information.
About the California Science Center
The California Science Center is a dynamic destination where families, adults and children can explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films.
Go Metro to the California Science Center. Ride the Expo Line to the Expo Park/USC Station. For the best route, use the Metro Trip Planner at www.metro.net.
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SOURCE California Science Center Foundation