We appreciate you as a friend and a member of our Museum family. Your support is critical to the successful development of our high quality exhibits and educational projects which enrich the lives of so many. As we look to the future, we know San Diego's children will continue to compete in an innovative and technology-driven world. In order to retain our lead as a country, we must emphasize the importance of education, specifically in math, science, and engineering. Our primary goal is to excite children's interest to ultimately inspire them to excel in their lives and prepare them for the high-tech work force in the United States.
With the help of our supporters, we surpassed our 2009 goals and look forward to making 2010 even better. Some, but not all of our accomplishments for 2009 include the following:
The Museum has been able to accomplish the projects listed above and so much more because of our supporters - and we need your help to make 2010 even better.
You can start out the New Year by assisting an organization dedicated to making a difference - something we strive for everyday. Your contribution helps us fulfill our mission to visitors from around the world and right here in the Southwest region. We greatly appreciate the support you have given us in the past, and we are hopeful you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to the San Diego Air & Space Museum's Annual Appeal today.
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The Da Vinci Experience
Don’t miss your chance to see The Da Vinci Experience, now showing until January 3, 2010. The exhibition allows visitors to interact with replicas and models of the mechanical devices designed and described by Leonardo da Vinci over 500 years ago.
During the month of December, visitors get 10% their purchase at The Da Vinci Store.
Sought after and appreciated as an artist at court, da Vinci was also concerned with scientific subjects, applying his knowledge of mechanics to military and civil engineering works and dedicating himself to the study of anatomy, biology, mathematics and physics. A group of Florentine artisans have spent the last half century studying the original notes and drawings of da Vinci's various projects, and have created this international exhibition of fully-functional and interactive models of da Vinci's creations.
The machines in the exhibition are organized around three themes: transportation, military and mechanical. There is a large, interactive educational area where everyone can test some of Leonardo's ideas. Each of the models in the exhibition were built according to da Vinci's notes and with the materials available in 15th century Italy. Eleven machines are full-sized and 25 are interactive. People of all ages will be delighted by the chance to manipulate these machines to see how they were intended to function. Each replica is displayed with a copy of the relevant da Vinci drawing.
The Museum recently added enormous, full-size Leonardo da Vinci recreations from the popular Discovery Channel Show, Doing DaVinci to the exhibition. Click here to find out more about this show and these machines!
For more information about the exhibition, see www.davinciexperience.info
Just before the first humans landed on the moon, Charlie Brown and Snoopy soared through space with NASA's Apollo 10 mission in May 1969. SDASM's exhibition To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA (leaving January 3, 2010), examines the history of Apollo 10 and the Peanuts characters' role in that flight and in the NASA Manned Flight Awareness safety program.
In To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA, visitors will see Snoopy's trip to the moon in the March 1969 Peanuts strip series (beating NASA's record by a few months!), learn about the NASA's Silver Snoopy Award program, and view a Silver Snoopy pin that was flown to the moon. The exhibit also contains a children's creative play space where children can dress up like an astronaut and have their photograph taken with a child-size Apollo 10 astronaut.
To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA is included with regular admission to the Museum.
To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA is organized and toured by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, California.
Set to land February 1st, The Science of Aliens promises to capture your imagination. This exhibition focuses on the science behind the popular culture of aliens portrayed in films, television shows, and in books.
Visitors can see classic science fiction film clips and props, and then come face-to-face with the weird creatures that inhabit Earth, many of which are the inspiration behind aliens in popular culture. Also included are aliens from the imagination of leading scientists speculating on what might be out there among the stars.
Stay tuned for more updates!
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