The Science of...Aliens has landed

Follow us on a journey through the real science of alien life and into the furthest reaches of your imagination. Get up-close and personal with some classic science fiction films and props, then come face-to-face with the weird creatures that inhabit Earth, before exploring far-flung planets and stars.

Enter the 'Alien Worlds' of leading scientists and meet the aliens they have imagined in a unique hands-on environment. And before you leave, compose your own personal message to an alien.

The Science of... Aliens comprises four exciting sections, each giving a different insight into the subject of extraterrestrial life.

Alien Fiction
Frightened but intrigued by aliens? Why's that? Are they a new threat from another world or have we simply given our oldest and darkest fears and desires a make-over? Come and meet the science fiction classics, from bodysnatchers and bogeymen to the biggest baddies on the screen. But be careful...they bite!

Alien Science
Alien-looking creatures are living right here on Earth - you just have to know where to find them. We've searched the deepest oceans and the furthest corners of the Earth to find the strangest forms of life on our planet. Find out what science can tell us about the worlds that lie beyond the stars.

Alien Worlds
See how some of the world's brightest and best scientific minds imagine life on alien worlds. From flying whales to worlds locked into eternal night, you'll soon discover why science fact can be more thrilling - and even more bizarre - than science fiction.

Alien Communication
Are aliens trying to talk to us? Are we about to receive the most important call in human history? Check out Alien Communication, a chilled space for those who fancy a chat with extraterrestrials - or simply with like-minded individuals.

Educators, click here to download The Science of...Aliens Education Guide (PDF).

Business Leaders Breakfast with Carl Johnson

Join us Thursday, March 18th, 2010 for the seventh Business Leaders Breakfast featuring Carl Johnson, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, as the keynote speaker.

Johnson joined the company in 1982 as an engineer with the B-2 stealth bomber program and subsequently served as manager of the B-2 modification line and deputy B-2 program manager. In 2000, he was appointed Global Hawk program manager and in 2003 he was named vice president and Global Hawk integrated product team leader.

He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Arizona University, a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University, and a master's in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.

This exclusive event is on Thursday, March 18th beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Museum's Pavilion of Flight. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $50 per person or $450 per table.

RVSP to Ann-Marie Slonczewski at 619.234.8291, ext 102

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Paper Airplane Festival 2010

Overview of the Festival:
Participate in a family-friendly, inspirational and educational day at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, enjoying hands-on experiences while gaining insight into the science of flight by creating many fun types of paper airplanes.

During the festival people of all ages can engage in hands-on activities, competitions and participate in the mass launch at the end of the festival. Attendees can learn to fold many different types of space-themed paper airplanes and enter into competitions which include farthest flight distance, longest air time, and flight accuracy.

Food will be available for purchase from Flight Path Cafe on the Museum's back patio. Make sure to stay for the group launch in front of the Museum at 3 p.m.

2010 Festival Information:
Location - San Diego Air & Space Museum's Pavilion of Flight
Date - Saturday, March 20, 2010
Time - 11 am to 3 p.m.
Group Launch - 3 p.m.
Admission - Up to four children 17 and under free with paid adult admission
(does not include admission to special exhibitions)

To sign up for the adult admission discount coupon, click here.

SpaceUp Unconference - This Weekend!

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is proud to host the San Diego Space Society's newest endeavor, SpaceUp. For two days at the Museum, attendees will be surrounded by historical space artifacts as they discuss the future of space exploration in a new type of meeting called an unconference.

SpaceUp is the first public space unconference, where participants decide what to discuss. All attendees are invited to give a demo, present a talk, or participate in a panel or roundtable. Other unconferences (often called BarCamps) have been held about technology, science, transit, and even cupcakes, but SpaceUp San Diego is the first to focus on space exploration. Attendees will include leading local engineers, scientists, tinkerers, advocates, and students who want to explore space (or are already doing so).

SpaceUp will be held 27-28 February 2010. Registration is $75. For more information visit

Swap Meet June 5th

Each year, in conjunction with the airshow at Gillespie Field, the Museum sponsors a swap meet. This event raises money through the sale of surplus items that do not fit within our collecting scope. All proceeds benefit the Museum's collections.

This year the swap meet will again be staged to coincide with the airshow on Saturday June 5th. This is a reminder to all of the event date and to suggest that if you have any aviation related items that you might want to donate to the cause, please let us know. Typically models, books, tools, and other such items have done well at the sale but most any relatively inexpensive items are welcome. Call Terry Brennan at 619.234.8291, ext 141 to arrange for a drop off.

Special Offers for Members

The 2010 El Centro NAF Air Show featuring the Blue Angels is March 13. SDASM Members can save $5 on Chalet tickets by calling 760-339-2519. Please visit their website for more information.

Museum Memberships can now be purchased and renewed online. Ready to get started? Visit our membership page today!

Travel to Italy with us! SDASM is offering a unique traveling experience for aviation enthusiasts in October. Stay tuned for more details!

Did you know SDASM members receive a discount on The Science of...Aliens and the Museum's new Flight Path Café? Call 619.234.8291, ext 111 for more information.

Fashion Takes Flight

Join the Museum for our first-ever charity fashion show, Fashion Takes Flight, Thursday, April 22nd. The Museum has teamed up with fashion producer Leonard Simpson to fill the runway in a benefit show for the Museum. Top local designs of both men's and women's fashion will taxi down the runway to showcase trends before they land in stores. This star-studded evening will feature more than a hundred top flight styles, showcased in the Museum's Pavilion of Flight, with models strutting the runway.

History of the Ford Building - New Book

The Museum has an upcoming publication, Wheels to Wings: San Diego's Ford Building. The book is due for release on May 29, 2010 for the 75th anniversary of this unique structure. The book chronicles the changing role of this landmark building, from centerpiece of the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition to abandonment and, ultimately the home of the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

To pre-order this book please click here.

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Conservation Project

While doing research on the Ford Building, home of the San Diego Air & Space Museum, staff and volunteers came across high quality images of two murals that flank the entrance to the pavilion, from the archives of the San Diego Historical Society. Hanging on the wall in the administration offices is an artist rendering of this same area and with the 75th anniversary of the building just a few months away it was decided that it was high time to check the possibility of restoring these winged figures.

A conservator, Betsy Court, from the Balboa Art Conservation Center, recently visited the Museum to test these two large wall surfaces for traces of the old murals. Unfortunately, she was not able to locate a painted surface beyond the layers of white over plaster. Ms. Court has not yet finished her assessment and might be back, using a technique involving photography. An alternative to the possibility that these beautiful murals were plastered over is the idea that, similar to our March of Transportation mural, the original was painted on canvas and later removed. There is evidence that could have occurred due to the uneven sections in the plaster.

SDASM would like your help in locating additional photographs of this mural, painted in 1935 by C. B. Falls and removed, painted, or plastered over in 1936. Over 2.5 million visitors came to the Ford building in 1935 during the California Pacific International Exposition, someone out there must have a picture or two.