National Astronaut Day celebrates astronauts as true heroes, with a mission to inspire ALL to “reach for the stars” by sharing amazing astronaut stories and experiences.
The history of National Astronaut Day
On May 5th, 1961, Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the first American in space aboard the Freedom 7 Space capsule. The brief suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a milestone achievement. This trailblazing example of heroic bravery and adventurous spirit is this essence of what National Astronaut Day is all about.
Inspiring young space enthusiasts in Delaware
Founded in 1989, the Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation (DASEF), an independent non-profit education organization which implements successful programs to motivate, engage, educate and inspire people from diverse background and communities in Delaware. This innovative organization operates with a vision to link contemporary aeronautic, space, and engineering themes with traditional school subjects to increase interest in science and technology.
DASEF programs for young children in Delaware
DASEF offers early childhood experiences that create an exceptional learning environment that inspires children and their families with a sense of appreciation for the earth and its place in the universe. The DASEF vision is driven by the belief that “Wisdom Begins with Wonder.”
DASEF Destination Exploration in Delaware
Parent and child teams explore science and technology topics in a fun and educational way. Monthly adventures in discovery are offered at the Environmental Outpost on 585 Big Oak Road Smyrna, DE 19977.
DASEF Delaware’s Evening “Eyes on the Skies”
DASEF’ offers evening “Eyes on the Skies” sessions at Mountjoy Observatory where kids can explore the universe from the observatory, learn about the moon, the planets, and constellations through family activities, short films and observation.
The Mountjoy Astronomical Observatory is used for observing celestial events. The observatory is attached to the Environmental Outpost, located at 585 Big Oak Road in Smyrna, Delaware. The observatory is home to a 16”Meade Telescope and 3 Orion Newtonians.
For more information about DASEF’s programs, please visit DASEF.
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