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Accessible “ASTRONOMY NIGHTS” At The Intrepid Museum In New York City


Astronomy Nights are back!
The museum will open to the public for free from 5:00pm-9:00pm and will include a talk between Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise and former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino about Haise’s new book Never Panic Early: An Apollo 13 Astronaut’s Journey. Educational activities, demonstrations, and stargazing with local astronomers will also be available throughout the evening!

5:30pm-7:30pm – Families and visitors with young children are invited to take part in the following drop-in activities:

Lunar Landers: Build and test your own lunar lander that can safely land when dropped from a high distance.

Design a Space Capsule: Design your own space capsule that can sustain three astronauts on their journey through space.

5:30pm-7:30pm – Learn about Space Capsules – Mercury Capsule: Talk with a Museum Educator and discuss the Mercury-Atlas 7 and Gemini III missions that occurred during the Space Race!

6:00pm & 7:00pm – Poof! Life in a Vacuum Demonstration: Discover the importance of the Earth’s atmosphere and why astronauts need to wear spacesuits. Using a bell jar and vacuum pump, Museum educators will mimic the vacuum of space and its effect on objects.

6:30pm – Join Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise in conversation with former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, on Haise’s new memoir, Never Panic Early: An Apollo 13 Astronaut’s Journey. The talk will take place in the Intrepid Museum’s Space Shuttle Pavilion. (approx. 45 minutes)

Following the talk, Fred Haise and Co-Author Bill Moore, will do a book signing. Books will be available for purchase the night of the program. The Space Shuttle Pavilion will open to the public at 6:15pm. Entrance is not guaranteed if we reach capacity.

7:00pm-9:00pm – Flight Deck telescope viewing with the Amateur Astronomers Association

* American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available for select Intrepid Museum demonstrations, the book talk and signing, and telescope viewing on the flight deck.

Astronomy Nights are free, sign-up for a reminder!

Doors will open promptly at 5:00 pm, Last entry to the Museum is at 8:30 pm (doors subject to close earlier, entry is not guaranteed). All visitors must enter through the Welcome Center to receive a ticket prior to entering the Museum. While face masks are no longer required, we strongly recommend wearing masks at indoor locations. We ask that each person’s individual choice is respected.