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Saturday, May 30, 2009, will be a phenomenal day of interactive activities at Maryland’s Place in Space at the Inner Harbor's Baltimore Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maryland’s Place in Space is a free, family-friendly event that will be open to the public. This fun expo for all ages will have plenty of hands-on science activities and demonstrations, including thrilling robotic competitions and creative projects with NASA astronauts.

Throughout the 20,000 square feet of space of the Baltimore Convention Center, there will be over 100 exhibits and activities. The exhibits will be organized into interactive, informative themes or “pods.”
  • The exploration pod will inspire all ages with space exploration and science activities. Critical missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary exploration and astrophysics will be featured.
  • The technology pod will introduce Maryland’s top engineers and highlight the latest technologies related to science and research discoveries.
  • The green pod will inspire discovery of Earth Science research and Maryland’s contributions to better understanding our changing planet.
  • The people pod will highlight Maryland’s extraordinary jobs in science and technology.

Highlighted Activities

NASA Astronaut, Ricky Arnold, born and raised in Maryland, will be a special guest at the expo. As mission specialist for NASA’s latest mission to the International Space Station, STS-119, Arnold accumulated 12 hours and 34 minutes of EVA during 2 spacewalks. During STS-119, Arnold and the rest of the crew on space shuttle Discovery traveled 202 orbits and 5.3 million miles in 12 days 19 hours and 29 minutes.

There will also be special appearances by Sid the Science Kid, from Maryland Public Television’s PBSKids; Stormin’ Bob Swanson, the Singing Weatherman; and Disney's Wall*E.

Don’t miss this first ever opportunity to see -- all in one place and all at one time -- the exciting work and research from Goddard and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, as well as our other Maryland partners in space and technology, including: NOAA, Space Telescope Science Institute, Maryland Science Center, the University of Maryland and many others!

Main Stage Agenda

10 a.m. Doors Open to the Public/Exhibits Open
10:05 a.m. National Anthem performed by Paige Epler
Paige is a twelve year old violin prodigy (and a student who is enrolled in college)! She played for President Obama’s inaugural luncheon. Please join us at the People Pod Stage to hear Paige play the National Anthem on violin to kick off the Maryland’s Place in Space expo!
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Astronauts Loren Shriver and Ricky Arnold available for autographs
10:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Astronaut Dr. Don Thomas
Dr. Thomas recounts his spaceflight experience.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Kenji Williams performs Bella Gaia
Classically trained in Violin since the age of 7, Kenji Williams performs live ethereal- style violin, with a laptop and drum machine transmitting self-produced classics synchronized with breathtaking science images.
11:45 a.m. - 12 noon Maryland Public Television presents fun with Sid The Science Kid
12:05 p.m. - 12:20 p.m. Stormin' Bob Swanson
Stormin' Bob Swanson, also known as the Singing Weatherman, plays educational songs about weather on guitar, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica!
12:20 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. Wall*E presentation, Digital Learning Network
WALL-E is going to be a guest host to help us teachlearn about NASA's satellite mission to the moon, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
12:50 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Special Proclamation by Maryland State Department of Education
Dr. Darla Strous of the Maryland State Department of Education and Astronaut Dr. Don Thomas
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Special Presentation by Astronaut Ricky Arnold
Maryland-born-and-raised former middle-and high-school teacher turned Astronaut will give an account of his mission to the Space Station in March.
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Join kids from Maryland K-12 Schools as they ask Ricky Arnold what it’s like to be an astronaut.
1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Make your own Wing Ring Glider with Astronauts Ricky Arnold, Dr. Don Thomas, with a special appearance by Sid the Science Kid!
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Special Presentation by Tuskegee Airmen
Meet two distinguished African Americans in Aviation and Space Science.
2:45 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Astronaut Autograph Session
2:45 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. presents "400 Years of the Telescope"
Beautifully photographed in 4K cinematography, this film is a visually stunning chronicle of the history of the telescope from the time of Galileo.
4:00 p.m. Doors Close to the Public

Science Café Agenda

10:00 a.m. "History of the Telescope" presented by Maryland Public Television
10:30 a.m. Goddard Space Flight Center Highlights
11:00 a.m. Exploring Jupiter, Amy Simon Miller
11:30 a.m. Developing Adaptive Communication Technologies for NASA’s Deep Space Network
Dr. Nathan Richardson, Morgan State University, Center of Excellence and Systems Engineering for Space Exploration Technologies
12:00 p.m. Fire and Ice: From the Sun to Pluto with Dr. Ralph McNutt, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
12:30 p.m. Goddard Space Flight Center Highlights
1:00 p.m. The Landsat Series of Satellites
Capturing a Digital Photo Album of the Earth for the past 37 Years with Dr. Darrel Williams, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
1:30 p.m. See the World as Never Before with Ms. Barbara Schoeberl, Animated Earth LLC
2:00 p.m. Maryland's Missions to Comets with with Dr. Michael A'Hearn, University of Maryland Distinguished Professor of Astronomy
2:30 p.m. Measurements of the Aura mission to study the Earth’s ozone, air quality and climate with Dr. Mark R. Schoeberl, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
3:00 p.m. The Intersection of Humans and Robots Working In Space: What's Wrong With Being a Borg? with Dr. Dave Akin, University of Maryland
3:30 p.m. Goddard Space Flight Center Highlights

Maryland’s Place in Space Partners

Mr. Rob Strain, Goddard Space Flight Center Director
Mr. Chris Scolese, Acting NASA Administrator
Dr. Richard Roca, Director, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Dr. Dan Mote, President, University of Maryland
Dr. Matt Mountain, Director, Space Telescope Science Institute
Ms. Mary Kicza, Assistant Administrator for NOAA/NESDIS

And other senior executives representing our sponsors and partners:

ILC Dover (Space Suit manufacturers)
JAXA Space
Lockheed Martin
L3 Communications
Maryland Department of Education
Maryland Public Television
Morgan State University
NASA Federal Credit Union
National Federation of the Blind
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Northrop Grumman
Sigma Space
Space Telescope Science Institute
United Space Alliance
Universities Space Research Association
University of Maryland Baltimore County
University of Maryland at College Park

Maryland's Place in Space Sponsors

We are pleased to recognize the generous support of our corporate sponsors, who contribute to your learning and fun at Maryland’s Place in Space.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Inc.
The Boeing Company
Constellation Software Engineering
Earth Resources Technology, Inc. (ERT)
Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc.
Integrity Applications Incorporated
L-3 Communications
Lockheed Martin Corporation
ManTech International
NASA Federal Credit Union
Northrop Grumman
Orbital Science Corporation
Raytheon Company
Science and Technology Corporation (STC)
SGT, Inc.
Sigma Space Corporation
United Space Alliance (USA)
Universities Space Research Association (USRA)
Verbin Associates