NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Downtown Huntsville Inc. will return to Big Spring Park East this Saturday, June 17, for the annual celebration of NASA and the city of Huntsville — NASA in the Park. The event, featuring city and Marshall leadership and a veteran NASA astronaut, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The downtown event will feature more than 60 exhibits and demonstrations by NASA experts, as well as performances by Marshall musicians, educational activities and games and hands-on activities for all ages.
Visitors can experience the excitement and mystery of space exploration, see and touch the mighty RS-25 rocket engine that will power humans farther in space than ever before, check out how NASA makes 3-D printing work in space and here on Earth, and talk with engineers and scientists who are leading the way to new discoveries.
Retired NASA astronaut Robert “Hoot” Gibson — a veteran of five space shuttle missions — will visit with the public throughout the day.
At 10:45 a.m., Gibson and Marshall Center Director Todd May will lead a parade around the park with kids who attend the Marshall Child Development Center, accompanied by their families.
At 11 a.m., there will be a short program at the music stage with remarks from Gibson, May, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Downtown Huntsville Inc. CEO Chad Emerson.
NASA experts will be available to media throughout the day.
Media wishing to cover NASA in the Park should contact Angela Storey at email@example.com or 256-714-4370.
Marshall Space Flight Center