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Race to the Moon... A Celebration With Space Legends

Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the USS Midway Museum as we pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of America's voyages to the moon. Race to the Moon... A Celebration with Space Legends, will honor the tremendous achievements of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, the three primary space programs that made one of mankind's greatest accomplishments possible. Mark Labor Day weekend, September 4th and 5th, on your calendar and commemorate this anniversary of national perseverance and incomparable dreams. The event promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Friday, September 4, 2009 - "Meet the Space Legends"
6 -10 p.m., San Diego Air and Space Museum

Meet and talk to Gemini and Apollo astronauts during an intimate cocktail reception at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Participate in a moderated forum where the space legends will describe their personal experiences and provide a unique perspective on the past and future of space exploration.
Hors d'oeuvres & Open Bar, Cocktail Attire

Saturday, September 5, 2009 - "Moonlight on the Bay"
6 -10 p.m., USS Midway Museum

Honor the astronauts at a spectacular gala dinner that will culminate in an American Patriot award presentation on the flight desk of the USS Midway Museum. A full moon and harbor view are sure to make this a truly stunning, out-of-this-world experience.
Full course dinner, Black Tie Attire

To purchase tickets please call Tammy Fort at 619.398.8280

New Snoopy Exhibition Opening September 12th

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 new exhibition To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA, opening September 12, examines the history of Apollo 10 and the Peanuts characters' role in that flight and in the NASA Manned Flight Awareness safety program.

It is difficult to imagine-although some remember it well-the excitement that the race for the moon invoked forty years ago. As the decade of the 1960s was coming to a close, America and the rest of the world waited with great anticipation to see if NASA could achieve President John F. Kennedy's challenge, put forth in May 1961, of putting a human on the moon by the end of the decade. Consequently, it was a very great honor for Peanuts when the crew of Apollo 10 chose to nickname their command and lunar modules Charlie Brown and Snoopy, respectively. The flight of Apollo 10 in May 1969 was the "dress rehearsal" for the lunar landing that was scheduled for July 1969. Astronauts Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan piloted "Snoopy" within 50,000 feet of the lunar surface as they scouted the landing area for Apollo 11 while John Young orbited the moon in the command module "Charlie Brown."

Peanuts creator Charles Schulz's involvement with NASA actually started a year before the 1969 flight of Apollo 10 when he was approached by NASA with a request to use Snoopy as their safety mascot. The Silver Snoopy Award program was instituted to improve the safety record of NASA employees and contractors. It proved to be a huge success with the astronauts and the employees. The Silver Snoopy pin is still a much-coveted award. Snoopy has been on the job for 40 plus years and continues to this day in his role as NASA's safety mascot.

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 life-size Apollo 10 astronaut.

(To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA is included with regular admission to the Museum).

Spend A Night At The Museum

Join us for the Museum's sleepover! Flashlight tours of the galleries and basement, a movie screening, and other special surprises await you!

For only $75 per person ($70 members), experience the Museum in a whole new way. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2009. Families with 8-12 year olds only. Minimum one adult per three children. Adult chaperones need to be at least 21. No adult can attend a sleepover without an accompanying child.

For more information and to make a booking, please contact the Education Department at (619) 234 8291 x 119. Spaces are limited and will fill fast!

SDASM Receives Amelia Plane

Avalon Pictures recently donated the Lockheed Vega prop airplane used in the upcoming film Amelia starring Hilary Swank. The film takes us through the life of Amelia Earhart and her adventurous, thrill-seeking spirit. Visitors will have the chance to see the plane used for filming the scenes in which Amelia flew solo across the Atlantic.

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, and from a very early age was intrigued by women who were successful in predominantly male fields, keeping a scrapbook of newspaper clippings. When she caught the flying bug it was no wonder that she approached it for the thrill of it and with defiance, since there were few female pilots at the time. Her public life began with the Friendship Flight in 1932 in which Amelia was tapped to be the first female to cross the Atlantic as a passenger. Publicity for the flight nicknamed her "Lady Lindy", which she is still referred to today. The name is a nod to Charles Lindbergh, the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic just a year before. Earhart would later also fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932, making her the first female to do so. Her aviation career consisted of air racing, breaking numerous records, speaking engagements, and a couple of books.

One of Amelia's finest moments as a pilot was to also be her last as she set out to be the first women to fly the around the world. Her disappearance, which occurred somewhere near Howland Island in July 1937, launched the most extensive air and sea search in US Naval history and cost over $4 million dollars. Amelia, her navigator Fred Noonan, and the plane, a Lockheed Electra, has never been found although there are dozens of theories as to what may have happened. This film promises to deliver her public life as a pilot and an advocate for woman as well as to portray the person behind it all.

The prop airplane is currently being prepared for display at our Gillespie Field Annex and will be brought to the Museum's Balboa Park location in October, just in time for the movie premiere on October 23, 2009. Please check our website for updates!

For more information on Amelia visit the film's website:

See Da Vinci and Save at The Prado

Visit The Da Vinci Experience And Get $10 Off Lunch At The Prado Restaurant

Spend the day in beautiful Balboa Park! From September 1st through November 1st, visitors who purchase tickets to see The Da Vinci Experience will receive $10 off lunch at the Prado Restaurant.

The Da Vinci Experience is currently on display at SDASM for a limited engagement. Please visit the Museum today before you miss the experience to get an intimate look into the mind of Leonardo da Vinci. Everything on display is meticulously modeled directly from sketches produced hundreds of years ago by da Vinci himself. Many of these models are interactive and give visitors the chance to see his original vision and the materials that he had available. See the exhibit website for more information:

Learn How To Take Better Care Of Our Planet

Save the date, Saturday, October 10th, for our annual environmentally-themed family day, Green Skills For Life, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund. To prepare you for a fun day of educational events, check out some useful water conservation tips on the Museum's YouTube page:

Save The Date For Our Hall Of Fame Gala

Join SDASM on Saturday November 21st, as we celebrate and honor those who have contributed technological advancements and made historic milestones in the field of air and space. For more information on this event and the 2009 inductees please see the Museum website.

Halloween Park-Wide Family Day

Participating museums and organizations in Balboa Park will be hosting a park-wide family day on October 31st for Halloween. SDASM in particular will have hands-on Halloween fun available as we build paper pumpkins with parachutes! Family building times will begin at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Make sure to also join us at 2:00 p.m. in front of the Museum when our Great (real) Pumpkin will plunge off the Museum's roof attached to a da Vinci-style parachute built by the Museum's Education Staff. Kids under 17 FREE with paid adult admission!

Local Astronauts Visit the Museum

We’ve been lucky in recent weeks to have two Southern California astronauts visit the Museum for family events - Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, and Tracy Caldwell, who recently flew a space shuttle mission and is now training to visit the International Space Station. Dr. Ride signed copies of her new environmentally-themed book, Mission: Save The Planet. To see photos, video and descriptions of their visits, please go to the Museum's blog: Sally Ride and Tracy Caldwell

We Need You!

Museum members and aircraft lovers-- this is your opportunity to make a difference. The skilled artisans in our restoration areas are badly in need of assistance in the ongoing task of building and restoring some of the most historic aircraft in the country. At the present time we are re-skinning our WWI era JN-4 Jenny, restoring the center section of our F4U-7 Corsair, and finishing the rebuilding of the Nieuport 11 at our Gillespie Field annex in El Cajon. In the basement of our Balboa Park location, work proceeds on construction of our ground-up reproduction P-26A and additional restoration of the Corsair, including an engine overhaul.

If you have a little time and a little mechanical talent, please share it with us as a volunteer at Balboa Park's finest attraction, San Diego Air & Space Museum. As Uncle Sam shouted from a million posters around the country a couple of generations ago, "We need you." Just call Terry Brennan at 619-234-8291 extension 141 to sign up. Restoration hours are dependent upon how much time you are willing to put in. The shops are open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.

New School Programs & Upcoming Competitions

New School Programs
Our school year is off and running with some exciting new classes that students can take part in here at the Museum - or we can come to you! For more information, look for our new brochure at the Education home page or contact the Education Department at (619) 234 8291 x 119

Upcoming Competitions
The Museum will soon unveil a range of new competitions for kids, with art, photography, model-making, and the environment as our exciting new themes. For more information, check this page as our competitions are announced - and good luck!

Latest Shuttle News from NASA

Get the latest information on the crew and mission details of the Space Shuttle Discovery: the shuttle's STS-128 mission to the International Space Station. NASA provides continuous STS-128 online updates, including a webcast and a blog at: STS-128 Updates. The NASA News Twitter feed will be updated throughout the shuttle mission. To access the NASA News Twitter feed, visit: NASA Twitter feed.

Blue Angel & Canadian Snowbird Event

The Museum will host a special reception with the Blue Angels and the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds on September 29th. More information will be available soon on our website.

Other News & Notes

Become a Member Today!
Now is an exciting time to be a SDASM member! Read all about the perks on our website and become a member today! [more]

Did You Know?
The Museum offers a Life Income Fund that entitles you earnings payments for life (latest yield 6.48%), a significant current income tax deduction, and provides a future gift to the Museum. For further information please call Patrick O'Reiley at 619.234.8291 x140.

Plan Your Next Special Event Here!
Make your next event fly at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Our professional staff will help organize your event here and make your event truly memorable. We can accommodate both small and large groups. Contact us for a quote to utilize our facilities. Ready to get started? Fill out our online form or contact our Special Events Department at 619.234.8291 ext 117.

Interested in volunteering for the San Diego Air & Space Museum?
Please call 619.234.8291 ext. 120.