Black History Month will be celebrated at the Chabot Space and Science Center by honoring the contributions of African Americans in the fields of science and space. On Saturday, February 19, at 1pm or 3pm, visitors can fly a simulated mission to space that with a special tribute to African American astronauts.
Chabot is home to the Challenger Learning Center, a classroom replica of NASA’s Mission Control with an adjoining spacecraft. It’s the legacy of the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy.
Among the crew aboard that mission was the second African American in space, Dr. Ronald McNair. McNair was valedictorian of his high school class, and earned a B.S. degree from North Carolina A&T State University. He received a PhD from MIT, before entering the astronaut program at NASA.
Dr. McNair is an inspiration to all who value education, science discovery, and exploration. While in the Challenger Learning Center, like NASA missions, visitors are guided by an experienced flight director. To reserve space, call (510) 336-7373.
The Galaxy Explorers, teen volunteers, will provide hands-on science education activities on Saturday, February 26, from 1pm-4pm. Activities are free with general admission to Chabot. Science demonstrations and multimedia presentations will be featured inside a Chabot lab. NASA’s Administrator, Charles Bolden, has recorded a special greeting to Chabot’s visitors celebrating Black History Month. Mr. Bolden is a retired Major General in the Marine Corps and a four-time Space Shuttle astronaut, commanding the Shuttle mission two times. His message: “With hard work and determination, you can reach new heights, and reveal the unknown.”
Chabot offers such exhibits as: “Beyond Blastoff: Living and Working in Space”, photos in a weightless environment and emailing them to friends on Earth, A Russian Soyuz Descent Module and a Mir Space Station toilet.
If weather permits, on Friday and Saturday evenings, Chabot’s giant, historic telescopes are open (and free) to look at the wonders of the night sky. For information visit www.chabotspace.org.