Families Celebrate a Spooky Science & STEM Halloween


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The Cradle of Aviation Museum’s annual Family Science Nights return with the beloved “Spooky Science Night” with two socially-distant and limited attendance family sessions on Friday, October 30th at 5pm and 7pm. Each session is packed with stimulating family-fun, STEM activities and a Halloween parade to entertain the entire family. Tickets are $15.00 per person; $10 for Museum Members. All activities are included with admission. All tickets must be purchased in advance, no tickets will be sold at the door. Ideal for kids in grades K-5. Info is available at www.cradleofaviation.org/spook…

Activities include:

● Frankenstein Hands: Use your mad scientist skills to dissect frozen hands to discover what is trapped inside.

● Candy Catapults: Protecting your Halloween hoard is serious business. Construct and test your own catapults.

● Boo-Be-Gones: You ain’t afraid of no ghosts! Learn how to keep ghosts away with some homemade ghost repellant.

● Predicting the Future: Do you have a sixth sense? See if you can predict the future by studying what comes before it!

● Kepler Planet Hunt: There are thousands of exoplanets in our galaxy and some have gotten lost in our museum. Can you shed some light on their location?

“Spooky Science Night is a fun and safe way to celebrate Halloween. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person and having a great night of science tricks and treats! “- Kerri Kiker, Planetarium Education Coordinator .

All young participants are encouraged to dress in costume according to rules in adherence with CDC guidelines as defined on the museum’s web site at www.cradleofaviation.org/spook…. There are a limited number of tickets available to ensure social distancing requirements are met throughout the duration of the program.

Spooky! SpaceX To Launch Next NASA Astronaut Mission To The ISS On Halloween


NASA and SpaceX have announced the date for the first operational mission of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, following a test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) earlier this year.

The mission, called Crew-1, is scheduled to lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket on Halloween, Saturday, October 31 from Cape Canaveral in Florida. On board will be NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi.

The spacecraft will dock a day after launching, on November 1, when the astronauts will enter the ISS and become part of its crew.

Speaking earlier this week, the Crew-1 astronauts talked about the upcoming mission – which had been pushed back from October 23 – and revealed a few interesting details, including the name for the spacecraft.

“The Crew-1 Dragon capsule, number 207, will henceforth be known by the call sign ‘Resilience,’” said Hopkins, the mission’s commander.

“If you look up the definition of the word ‘resilience,’ it means functioning well in times of stress or overcoming adverse events. I think all of us can agree that 2020 has certainly been a challenging year.”

On Saturday, May 30, SpaceX made history with its first astronaut launch, which returned crewed launches to American soil for the first time in nearly a decade, and became the first crewed commercial orbital launch to boot.

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley travelled to the ISS for a stay of about three months, returning to Earth in early August.

The splashdown was marred somewhat, however, by private boats sidling up to the landing site, causing issues for the recovery team and