American Space Museum boasts something for everyone
Mike Lombardo, a former Space Center worker, inspires young minds during STEAM Saturday workshops held at the American Space Museum in downtown Titusville.
SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Karan Conklin
Looking for something fun and educational to do this summer?
Take off for the American Space Museum at 308 Pine St. in downtown Titusville. It showcases and preserves space history. Tours are conducted by retired space workers.
“The museum contains many one-of-a-kind pieces,” said Karan Conklin, executive director of the American Space Museum and Walk of Fame.
Today’s museum evolved from the foundation’s original mission.
“It was to build monuments to honor the space workers, astronauts and program,” she said.
These monuments can be seen at the Space Walk of Fame Park, along the Indian River in Downtown Titusville. It includes monuments to the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions, as well as handprints of astronauts from those missions.
The museum began with memorabilia contributed by space workers, which was first displayed in a storefront window.
“It grew like rock soup,” Conklin said. “Artifacts were brought by people who loved what they did.”
Among its exhibits are X-rays of boots that stood on the moon; the capsule hatch from the unmanned Mercury Atlas, which blew up July 29, 1960, and the button that launched John Glenn’s inaugural flight Feb. 20, 1962.
Shuttle launch consoles are among the hands-on exhibits for space enthusiasts of all ages.
Activities include a free exploration experience designed to demonstrate that science and technology are fun. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum on the fourth Saturday of each month. No reservations are required.
Steam Saturday (science, technology, engineering, art and math) workshops for students in third grade, fourth and fifth grades are held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. The cost is $25 per class.
Starry Starry Astronomy Night takes place at the museum parking lot from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.
Monday Moon Gaze takes place in the parking lot from 7 to 9 p.m. around the first quarter moon.
Astronomy events are free.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and members of the military, and $5 for children ages 13 to 18. Children who are 12 and younger are free.
For information, call 321-264-0434 or go to spacewalkoffame.org.