The public is invited to learn more about living in space, directly from NASA experts and space-exploring astronauts, in a series of special events coming to Arizona. The agency,s Destination Station activities in the Phoenix and Tucson areas start Thursday, Feb. 21.
Destination Station is an outreach effort by NASA to share, educate and inspire the public about the International Space Station. The space station is a multinational research facility and the largest spacecraft ever built. It is an official U.S. National Laboratory where astronauts and scientists from around the world conduct experiments in fundamental life, physical, Earth and space science, as well as human health, technologies for space exploration and the improvement of life on Earth.
Destination Station kicked off in Arizona in December with a unique exhibit at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. The exhibit remains open through March, but participants can experience more of the excitement of space exploration as part of the following public events (all times Mountain):
Thursday, Feb. 21, 5-10 p.m.: Geek,s Night Out, Tempe City Hall
Friday, Feb. 22, 6-9 p.m.: Evening with the Crew, Arizona Challenger Center
Saturday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Honeywell & Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge, Arizona Challenger Center
Sunday, Feb. 24, 1-4 p.m.: Destination Station Day, Arizona Museum of Natural History
Thursday, Feb. 28, 7-9 p.m.: Planetarium Show, Mesa Community College
Friday, March 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Her World Event, DeVry University
Additionally, NASA will be hosting a symposium for researchers called ,International Space Station: Opportunities for Innovations in Space 0/00 on Feb. 26 at Arizona State University SkySong.
For more information about the space station research symposium, visit:http://www.ds-symposium.com
For more information and a complete list of Destination Station activities, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/destinationstation