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Space Day | EAA Aviation Museum
Get ready for takeoff and bring out your inner astronaut on Saturday, October 8, 2022, when the EAA Aviation Museum’s annual Space Day returns to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Space Day is part of a global celebration of World Space Week, and this year's theme recognizes sustainability in space.
Kids and adults of all ages are invited to join us as we celebrate Space Day 2022 with interactive exhibits and special guest appearances. Lunch concessions will be available for purchase between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
2022 Space Day Activities
- Mercury and Gemini Capsule Replicas: Climb inside a full-scale replica of the Mercury space capsule, which was the first U.S. spacecraft, and the Gemini space capsule, which helped NASA get ready for the Apollo moon landings.
- Moon Game: You’ve landed on the moon, now what? Work as a team with your family to solve a series of challenges founded in science about living and doing research on the moon.
- Compressed Air Rockets: 3, 2, 1….Blast off! Learn what makes a rocket fly high as you build an air-compressed rocket out of basic household materials.
- Re-Entry Capsule Design: Do you ever wonder how astronauts return to Earth after a mission from space? Design a re-entry capsule that can survive a wind tunnel.
- X-Planes Design an X-plane and launch it through various obstacles.
- Spacesuit Challenge: Design a spacesuit to help a marshmallow survive in a vacuum.
- And More!
Space Day Speakers
Col. Eileen Collins
Col. Eileen Collins became the first female to pilot a U.S. spacecraft with the Discovery shuttle flight in 1995, and the first female commander on the 1999 Columbia shuttle flight. In 2005, NASA tapped Col. Collins to command the space shuttle Discovery’s historic “Return to Flight” mission.
Collins will be presenting at 4 p.m. followed by an opportunity for book signings of her memoir, Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars.
Space Day Contest
If you could live in space, what would your home look like? This year’s Space Day theme is focused on sustainability, and the EAA Aviation Museum educators would like to see what your space habitat would look like! This year’s contest is open to anyone 18 years and younger.
Choose from two types of habitats:
- Build a land-based habitat (example: Mars habitat)
- Build an orbital habitat (example: planet-orbiting habitat)
All habitats must be made with recyclable material and must be constructed off-site, or at home. Bring your completed habitat to Space Day on Saturday, October 8, by 1 p.m.