Museum to offer space-exploration activities

Greene County News

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Commemorate the anniversaries of several milestone space explorations during the “Newton in Space” event 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

This year marks the 45-year anniversary of the Apollo 15 mission, which had an all Air Force crew and landed on the moon July 30, 1971. Visitors can see the Apollo 15 command module on display in the Space Gallery in the museum’s new fourth building.

Throughout the day, visitors can participate in demonstration stations and hands-on activities to learn about space exploration, especially the Apollo missions and the Saturn V moon rocket.

“Storytime” is 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in Carney Auditorium. Preschool and primary-grade children can hear stories and make a space-related craft. A limited number of books will be available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis during each storytime.

During this month’s Aerospace Adventure, participants can make and launch a paper Saturn V rocket. This free activity takes place 1:30-3 p.m. in the event area near the Korean War Gallery.

All activities are free, and no advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at 937-255-4646 for additional information.

The Air Force Museum Foundation will offer space-related activities at its attractions throughout the day. Visitors can see the 25-minute movie Journey to Space 3D in the theatre or try out a space ride in one of the interactive flight simulators, including the new virtual reality Space Walk in the fourth building. Note that there is a charge for these activities — the money raised by the foundation supports museum expansion as well as events and activities. For more information, visit

Story courtesy of the National Museum of United States Air Force.

Story courtesy of the National Museum of United States Air Force.