Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013

Space Day 2013

Space DaySolar System Ambassador Visit Highlights Celebration at Roper Mountain Science Center!

Greenville, SC May 11, 2013
Space Day is an award-winning educational initiative that seeks to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. It also helps to inspire young people to realize the vision of our space pioneers.

Space Day 2013 celebration will take place from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 11th at Roper Mountain Science Center. Featured guest speaker will be Tony Rice, a Solar System Ambassador with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The event is sponsored by Lockheed Martin, a Space Day partner and founder.

Rice is currently based in Raleigh, North Carolina where he supports educational and public outreach efforts of NASA centers including the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Additional Space Day 2013 Activities include:

  • Aloft pilot Tom Mullinax will tether his beautiful rainbow-checked hot air balloon in Roper Mountain’s farm meadow! 
  • Aloft volunteers will inspire future aviators with a hands-on activity on the construction and science of hot air balloons.
  • Engineers from Lockheed Martin will launch model rockets, rocket balloons, and answer questions about rocketry and Lockheed’s participation in the Space Program.
  • Lockheed Martin Engineers host a Rocket Engineering Design Challenge!
  • Michelin will display a tire from the Space Shuttle program along with other aircraft tires and tire cuttings. Experts will be on hand to discuss Michelin's rich history and current programs related to commercial, private and military aviation.
  • Pilots with Airwolf Aviation Services will assist visitors in folding paper planes and point out the similarities between paper planes and real airplanes while answering questions regarding becoming a pilot and the principals of flight.
  • Earth Fare located at 3620 Pelham Road will be providing a “Make your own moon dirt station”. Healthy treats will get kids excited about healthy snacking!  The store will also provide coupons worth extra savings to parents!
  • Astronomer and Meteorite collector, Mike Parker will share his meteorite collection with visitors.

Other activities will include live solar viewing in the Daniel Observatory (weather permitting), and the new Flight Adventures planetarium show in the Hooper Planetarium. Skilled amateur astronomers will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss telescopes.

Roper Mountain Science Center is open to the public on the Second Saturday of each month. Activities will be ongoing in the Discovery Room, Ecology and Marine Labs, Living History Farm, Tropical Rainforest Habitat.

Space Day 2013 Saturday hours are 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Admission is: $5 for children (age 5-12); $6 for Teens and Adults (ages 13-59); and $5 for senior citizens (age 60 and over). All events are included in the general admission to the Center. No admission is charged for children 4 and under or RMSC Association members.

Roper Mountain Science Center is owned and operated by Greenville County Schools as an educational resource for teachers, students, families and adults. Roper Mountain Science Center is located at 402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, South Carolina. Check out the Center's website at for directions to the Center or information about special events and other programs. For further information, please call the Center at (864) 355-8900.

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