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“I Want to be an Astronaut” at the Discovery Center Jan. 10

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 7, 2015) — One Saturday each month the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs designates a special Star Days theme with extra activities included in the daily admission price.

On Saturday Jan. 10, the Star Days theme is “I Want to be an Astronaut” with activities that demonstrate the astronaut experience, including the Barany Chair. The Barany Chair simulates spatial disorientation by spinning the occupant and was invented to train student pilots. It helps participants learn what astronauts and pilots experience in flight and demonstrates the importance of relying on instruments rather than on their senses. 

The following are included in the price of Discovery Center admission on Jan. 10, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.:

  • Train like an astronaut equipment and activities
  • Watch a Space Shuttle film in our Area 51 
  • Drive remote control rovers in our Mars Robotics Laboratory
  • Play Kerbal Space Program in our AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory 
  • Photograph yourself as an astronaut

The Space Foundation Discovery Center is the region’s only space, science and technology attraction, and offers educational exhibits for all ages. Admission also includes Science On a Sphere® presentations and exhibits of the Space Foundation’s collection of space artifacts.

About the Space Foundation Discovery Center
The Space Foundation Discovery Center is located at 4425 Arrowswest Drive in Colorado Springs, just off of Garden of the Gods Road, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Discovery Center daily admission fees are $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors (age 65+), $7.50 for college students with I.D., $4.50 for children ages 4-17. Children age three years and younger are admitted free. Military rates are $5.00 for adults with I.D., and $4.00 for military children ages 4-17 with I.D. Military includes active duty, guard, reserve or retiree with I.D.

The Discovery Center is closed during holiday breaks and extreme weather. For more information, visit, or call the Space Foundation at 719.576.8000.

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space. The Foundation is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, all which support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation World Headquarters, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®, and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has field offices in Houston and Washington, D.C., the latter from which it conducts government affairs. The Foundation publishes the annual The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and, through its Space Certification and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on FacebookInstagramLinkedInPinterestTwitter and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.