Happy Space Exploration Day!
A July 21 presentation by Washington state astronaut Dr. Michael Barratt will commemorate "Space Exploration Day" – the dual anniversaries of the first manned landing on the Moon (Apollo 11 July 20, 1969) and the first robotic landing on Mars (Viking I, July 20, 1976). Barratt was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2000. In 2009 he flew with Seattle space tourist Charles Simonyi on the Russian Soyuz TMA-14 to the International Space Station, where he served as a flight engineer on NASA ISS Expeditions 19 and 20. In 2011 Barratt was a crew member on the final flight of space shuttle Discovery, STS-133. The Soyuz he and Simonyi flew is the very same spacecraft in the Museum’s Charles Simonyi Space Gallery. Barratt’s lecture is at 2 p.m.
Super Guppy soon shuttles more shuttle.
The adorable NASA Super Guppy returns to the Museum on Thursday, July 26! This time the bulbous shiny object will be delivering the aft payload bay of the Museum’s Space Shuttle Trainer. Depending upon the weather, the Super Guppy is scheduled to arrive at 10 a.m. Unlike its trip last month, the NASA plane will not be showing-off over Seattle before landing; it will instead travel directly to Boeing Field. The aircraft will be parked and unloaded at the Boeing Company military ramp on the south side of the Museum’s parking lot. It will remain there until it departs the next day. The final Super Guppy delivery flight to the Museum is scheduled for Aug. 9, when it brings the Trainer’s forward payload bay.
Nobody kicks this hornet nest.
We are on final approach to Blue Angels Week. The world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels star in the Boeing Air Show at Seafair’s Albert Lee Cup hydroplane races. The Museum of Flight is again Blue Angels’ headquarters during the team’s entire Seafair stay. Museum visitors will be able see the Blues’ F/A-18 Hornets up close from Thursday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 5. Activities include the team’s precise pre-flight walkdowns, thrilling formation takeoffs and the chance to meet some of the Navy’s finest pilots as they return from their practice sessions and show performances.
Blue Angels family activities will be featured all week, with events inside and outside of the Museum, including the new Need for Speed Festival on the Museum’s lot adjacent to the runway Aug. 4 and 5. All programs are free with Museum admission.
There is a Need For Speed.
The Museum of Flight offers a full-throttle celebration of Seafair and the Blue Angels with the Aug. 4 to 5 Need for Speed Festival. Located at the foot of the Blue Angels’ launching pad on Boeing Field, the Museum’s East Parking Lot will become a village of family activities surrounded by speedy boats, cars and planes, including World War II fighters and the front line F-18s, T-38s and A-10 jets performing in the Boeing Air Show at the Albert Lee Cup hydroplane races. The Festival is open each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free with admission to the Museum.
In addition to the Boeing Air Show aircraft, the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum’s classic Century 21 hydroplane will be on display. The Need for Speed Festival will also offer a beer garden, a sandwich kiosk, souvenirs, kids’ activities and New Orleans-style rhythm and blues by Hank and the Two Scoops.
His sled was not Rosebud.
SR-71 "sled driver" Brian Shul returns to the Museum for Blue Angels week. Shul will share his stories as a Mach 3 Blackbird pilot during lectures at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 to 5 , and will be on hand to meet visitors at the Need For Speed Festival throughout the weekend. Shul’s program includes riveting accounts of Mach 3 runs over hostile territory and star gazing at 80,000 feet. Shul has appeared at the Museum during Blue Angels week for nearly 20 years. He has also traveled the air show circuit with the Blue Angels for his book "Blue Angels: A Portrait of Gold."
And finally, seven minutes of terror.
NASA’s space-faring Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity, is scheduled to land on Mars at approximately 10:30 p.m. PDT on the evening of Aug. 5 Earth time. The Museum of Flight will celebrate the occasion in its theater with MarsFest 2012, featuring lectures, family activities and live NASA TV coverage of the spacecraft’s final approach to surface of the planet, which has become known as the "seven minutes of terror." The landing party is from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. (or later!), and is open to the public for free.
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