Spaceflight America Museum holds open house and extends hours

The Spaceflight America Museum and Science Center in Prince Frederick is holding an open house Nov. 7, 2015 and is expanding it's hours to the public.

Located in the Arthur Storer Planetarium on the grounds of Calvert High School, the museum has exhibits, hands on activities and even a Kidz Zone.

Space Flight MuseumAt the free open house, visitors can check out the new International Space Station exhibit which demonstrates how astronauts lived and worked in space; see drones up close and in the air in a presentation by The DC Area Drone User Group; and kids can explore hands-on fun in the Kidz Zone where they can use a glove box, land the shuttle simulator, move satellites from the cargo bay and more.

The Spaceflight America Museum will have displays telling stories from Mercury, the beginning of America's manned spaceflight, all the way up to current spaceflight operations.

A highlight of the open house is the opening of the new International Space Station exhibit. The 2,700 cubic foot exhibit, is a walk-through display showcasing how astronauts eat, sleep, work and even relieve themselves in space. There are replicas of an astronaut's sleeping quarters, the glove box where experiments are conducted, space food, medical supplies and even the toilet. Also included in the space station exhibit is veteran astronaut and spacewalker Reid Wiseman's iconic blue flight suit complete with his Expedition 40 and 41 patches and name tag. Other historical items on display include various space suits, helmets and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin's military flight suit.

"We are proud to be part of the local community and will be participating in the 'First Free Friday' movement with other organizations in the area," says Spaceflight America's CEO Alan Hayes. "Admission for the first Friday of the month is free, so we invite everyone to take advantage of that, bring the kids to enjoy the Kidz Zone, and see the unique displays that we have"

The planetarium will also be open with brand new digital projection.

The open house is free and will run 1 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 7. After that, the museum and planetarium will be open the first Friday of the month from 5-9 p.m. and the first and third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday admission is $5 for adults, $4 for kids 4-17, and free for kids 4 and younger and active duty military and their immediate family. The museum hopes to expand its hours if more volunteers can be recruited.

Calvert High School is located at 520 Fox Run Blvd. in Prince Frederick. For details visit the Space Flight America Museum website or the Facebook page.

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