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Space Foundation Discovery Center Features Space Stations for "Star Days" Feb. 27 and March 1

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 20, 2014) – Thursday, Feb. 27, will be a big day at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, beginning with a free lunchtime launch watch of NASA’s new GPM mission. Admission to the Discovery Center will be free from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Feb. 27.

Bring your lunch and join us in our Area 51 to watch a live feed of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission launch from Tanegashima Space Center, Japan, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Learn about this exciting new mission, which will provide the most comprehensive data on rainfall and precipitation on the planet. Then, watch the NASA short film Water Falls in our Science On a Sphere® theatre and find out how GPM will help improve life here on Earth.

Discovery Center hours on Feb. 27 will be 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with special family-friendly Space Station-themed activities from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., included in the price of regular admission.

Thursday “Star Days” Activities, Feb. 27, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Cool Science® interactive demonstrations
  • International Space Station (ISS) play area
  • Bounce house
  • Learn about the ISS – film and activities
  • Science On a Sphere presentations
  • 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – NASA short film Water Falls
  • 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Science On a Sphere presentation -Tour of the Solar System
  • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – NASA short film Water Falls
  • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Mars Robot Challenge
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Build a Space Station – craft
  • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Outdoor telescopes (weather permitting)

Saturday “Star Days” Activities, March 1, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Cool Science® interactive demonstrations
  • International Space Station (ISS) play area
  • Bounce house
  • Learn about the ISS – film and activities
  • Science On a Sphere presentations
  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – NASA short film Water Falls
  • 11:00 a.m. – noon – Mars Robot Challenge
  • 1:00 p.m. – Outdoor telescopes (weather permitting)
  • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Living on Other Worlds
  • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. – NASA short film Water Falls

About the Space Foundation Discovery Center
The Space Foundation Discovery Center is the region’s only space, science and technology attraction, and is located at 4425 Arrowswest Drive in Colorado Springs, just off of Garden of the Gods Road. The Discovery Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and until 8:00 p.m. one Thursday of every month.

Discovery Center daily admission fees are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 65+), $7 for college students with I.D., $3 for children ages 4-17. Military fees are $4.50 for adults with I.D., and $1.50 for children ages 4-17. Children age three years and younger are admitted free. For information about group visits, and holiday and weather closures, call 719.576.8000.

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About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs 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.” Space Foundation world headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., features a public Discovery Center including the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®, and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston, and from its Washington, D.C., office, conducts government affairs, 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. Visit, follow us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.