Astronauts to visit Space Fest at National Museum in May

05/02/2012

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base according to the Skywrighter
Astronauts to visit Space Fest at National Museum in May
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will host special appearances on May 14th by astronauts, Gregory Johnson, Guion Bluford and Mark Brown according to the Skywrighter. The astronauts will speak about their experiences in space and then pose for pictures and give autographs in the Carney Auditorium. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Colonel Johnson has flown on the space shuttle Endeavor and was the pilot of STS-123 and STS-134. Former astronaut and Air Force Colonel Guion S. Bluford became NASA’s first African-American astronaut to fly in space on the STS-8 mission in 1983. He also traveled in space on space shuttles Challenger and Discovery. He logged over 600 hours as a mission specialist.
Lastly, Air Force Colonel Mark N. Brown will be presenting. Brown spent 13 years as a NASA astronaut and orbited the earth over 161 times on space shuttles Discovery and Columbia. After Spacefest, visitors can expect an after-hour gathering on May 11th. The museum’s café and stores will stay open with extended viewing of the IMAX movies and including a 5K fun run. Hands-on activities will be offered at the indoor planetarium, demonstration stations and special appearances by astronauts. Admission to most activities is free. The National Museum of the United States Air Force is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.