Space Day Open House

Enjoy a sampling of all PARI has to offer during a day of fun, science and learning

PARI is hosting its annual Space Day open house Saturday, May 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The 200-acre campus will be open to the public for activities and events that are suitable for all ages. Campus admission is free. There will be a nominal charge for certain activities.

Visitors are free to roam the entire PARI campus, a 200-acre former NASA site, and experience hands-on activities related to PARI’s mission of science education for all ages. The network of hiking trails has been expanded and the Parks Observation Deck atop PARI’s optical ridge offers scenic mountain views in every direction. The popular AdventureDome planetarium will be in operation during most of the day, featuring presentations from PARI’s science education staff. Solar telescopes will be set up to provide a safe way to look at the Sun. This year visitors will be able to see a recent addition to the PARI campus, a Redstone Rocket engine donated by the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.

While on campus, visitors can also stroll the Galaxy Walk, a scale model view of the solar system. PARI’s expanded Exhibit Gallery, features space artifacts, meteorites and minerals. In addition to Space Shuttle artifacts contributed by NASA, the displays now include several satellites and models donated to PARI or on long-term loan from the Smithsonian Institution.

Research and education programs will be highlighted at locations across the campus and PARI staff will be available to demonstrate and explain Earth and space science remote instrumentation and observations. Two special guests will be on campus this year to discuss their areas of scientific expertise. Dr. Steven Singletary from Robeson Community College will explain the geological features of the “man in the Moon,” discussing the rock types and how we know what they are. Anthony Love from Appalachian State University will explain and demonstrate magnetic fields.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the PARI cafeteria.

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