EAA space day

EAA Space Day

Get ready for takeoff and bring out your inner astronaut on Saturday, October 7, 2023, 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 space and entrepreneurship.

Kids and adults of all ages are invited to join us as we celebrate Space Day 2023 with interactive exhibits and special guest appearances. Space Day activities are free with museum admission. Lunch concessions will be available for purchase between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Space Day Speaker | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

The Polaris Dawn mission, operated by SpaceX, works to rapidly advance human spaceflight capabilities and expand our knowledge of humans adapting, living, and working in space. Objectives of the mission include completing the first-ever commercial spacewalk and attempting to reach the highest Earth orbit ever flown. This year’s Space Day welcomes three of the four private citizen crew members: Jared Isaacman (mission commander), Scott Poteet (mission pilot), and Anna Menon (mission specialist and medical officer).

Jared Isaacson

Jared Isaacman

Jared Isaacman is the CEO of Shift4 and he is an accomplished pilot & astronaut with over 7,000 flight hours of aviation experience, including ratings in multiple experimental and ex-military aircraft. He was the commander of Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian mission to space that helped raise over $240 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® to help eradicate childhood cancer.

Scott Poteet

Scott Poteet (Mission Pilot)

Scott “Kidd” Poteet is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who served 20 years in various roles that include Commander of the 64th Aggressor Squadron, USAF Thunderbird #4 Demonstration Pilot, USAF Weapons School Graduate, Operational Test & Evaluation Pilot, and Flight Examiner. Kidd is a command pilot with over 3,200 flying hours in the F-16, A-4, T-38, T-37, T-3, and Alpha Jet.

Anna Menon

Anna Menon (Mission Specialist and Medical Officer)

Anna Menon is a Lead Space Operations Engineer at SpaceX, where she manages the development of crew operations and serves in mission control as both a Mission Director and crew communicator. During her tenure at SpaceX, she has led the implementation of Dragon’s crew capabilities, helped create the crew communicator operator role, and developed critical operational responses to vehicle emergencies such as a fire or cabin depressurization.

Activities | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Cup Rockets: Create a mini rocket to launch using cups and rubber bands.
  • Misson Patch Contest: Design a mission patch for this year’s Space Day theme: Space & Entrepreneurship. The winning design will be turned into a sticker and passed out at next year’s Space Day!
  • Compressed Air Rockets: 3, 2, 1….Blast off! Design your own rocket and launch it with compressed air.
  • Re-Entry Capsule Design: Do you ever wonder how astronauts return to Earth after a mission from space? Design a re-entry capsule to hover in a wind tunnel.
  • Straw Rockets: Design a straw rocket and launch it through various obstacles.
  • Spacesuit Challenge: Design a spacesuit to help a marshmallow survive in a vacuum.
  • And More!



Come see the Supermoon, a 20-foot diameter internally illuminated recreation of the moon. Brought to you by Larry Zamba and Supermoon Events.

Space Tourism Poster Contest

If you could travel anywhere outside of Earth’s atmosphere, where would you go? The EAA Aviation Museum educators would like to see your take on a space tourism poster. This year’s contest is open to anyone 18 years and younger.

Create your poster at home before attending Space Day and bring it along for our educators to see. Plaques awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place, and Judges Choice.

Posters must be submitted by 1 p.m. for the contest. Winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m.

Looking for ideas? Visit: Visions of the Future Gallery

Space Day Photos

EAA Space Day 2021

Printable Activities You Can Do At Home

EAA museum space day activities

EAA museum space day activities

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Printable Activities You Can Do At Home

EAA museum space day activities

EAA museum space day activities

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Past Space Day Speakers

Can't make it to space day to see Jared Isaacman? Watch these keynote speakers and astronauts from previous Space Days.

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