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Aug. 10 is Summer of Discovery Final Day; Discovery Center Will Close for Expansion and Reopen Sept. 3

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 8, 2013) – The Space Foundation’s 10-week Summer of Discovery will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 10, with one final day celebrating “A Taste of Space Technology.”

The Discovery Center in Colorado Springs is the region’s only space, science and technology attraction, and will close temporarily for expansion and construction, reopening after Labor Day, on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Located at 4425 Arrowswest Dr., the Discovery Center is just off of Garden of the Gods Rd., west of Centennial Blvd. Daily admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 65+), $7 for college students with I.D., $3 for children ages 4-17. Children age three years and younger are admitted free.

At the Discovery Center, Aug. 10
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., included in the price of daily admission

  • Meet the Stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters
  • Lego NXT robotics 
  • NASA visiting exhibit “Space Shuttle: Conquering Low Earth Orbit”
  • Multi rotor quadcopter demonstrations
  • Science On a Sphere® presentations
  • Create an Alien / Design a Mission Patch crafts
  • Moon Golf
  • Interactive space technology displays
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Space artifacts, including a Moon rock and the “Launch to the Moon” exhibit
  • Moon Blast bounce house
  • Free Wendy’s chili while it lasts

Audience with an Astronaut – Meet Dr. Leroy Chiao
10:30 a.m. / 12:00 p.m. / 2:00 p.m. / 3:30 p.m.
Former NASA astronaut and Space Foundation Special Advisor – Human Spaceflight Dr. Leroy Chiao will discuss his experiences as a Space Shuttle astronaut and as a resident of the International Space Station. Throughout the day and between presentations, he will be available to pose for photos and sign autographs.

“Rocket In My Beer?”
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Learn how space technology makes better beer, from planting barley to refrigeration and shipping. The fee for this event is $24 per person and includes one complimentary admission to the Discovery Center and a wristband allowing beer tasting of sample top flight brews from:

  • Bristol Brewing Company
  • Colorado Mountain Brewery
  • Great Storm Brewing
  • Paradox Beer Company
  • Pikes Peak Brewing Company
  • Red Leg Brewing Company
  • Rocky Mountain Brewery
  • Smiling Toad Brewery

Activities are subject to change; see current information at

See photos from this week here.

About the Space Foundation
The foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry and an expert in all aspects of space, the Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, all in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” The Space Foundation publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily U.S. stock market performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. The Space Foundation was founded in 1983 and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. Its world headquarters features a public Discovery Center with two main areas – the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®. The Space Foundation also conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has a field office in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit Follow us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.