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Meet Former NASA Astronaut, Christopher “C.J.” Loria at the Space Foundation Discovery Center July 30 and Aug. 6

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 28, 2016) – Taking the small steps that help us make giant leaps, astronauts are on the frontline of space exploration. Drawn from many backgrounds and professions, these bold explorers help us push the frontiers of science, engineering and the future of humanity. 

This summer, the Space Foundation Discovery Center has been celebrating the Heroes of Space, Visionaries, Scientists, Engineers and now Astronauts, each with its own two-week theme. The final theme of the summer, “Astronauts,” begins this Saturday, July 30 and concludes Saturday, Aug. 6.

Each Saturday, there will be extra hands-on activities and special presentations to inspire the entire family. This Super Saturday, July 30, join us from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for these activities, included in the price of Discovery Center admission*:

  • Meet and Greet with former NASA astronaut C.J. Loria at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Mad Science demonstrations
  • Special Science On a Sphereâ presentations
  • Green screen photo opportunities
  • Scavenger hunt with prizes

*Activities and presenters subject to change without notice 

The featured traveling exhibit for the summer is Super Kids Save the World, presented by Children’s Hospital Colorado and hosted locally by Pikes Peak Children’s Museum. This interactive exhibit is designed for children ages two through 10 years, and helps them learn that by taking simple steps in their daily lives, they can become eco-friendly superheroes in their own communities.

For more information on exhibits, special guests and activities, please visit

The Premier Sponsor for Summer of Discovery is Raytheon, with co-sponsorship by Chick-fil-A, Dell, iHeart Radio and Orbital ATK.

About the Discovery Center

Located only five minutes from Garden of the Gods Park, at 4425 Arrowswest Drive, Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation Discovery Center is the region’s only space, science and technology attraction. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Military discounts are available. For admission fees and other 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, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., 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 a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.