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The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center hosts the Orion Splashdown Bash!

Join us Thursday, December 4, 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the first test flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft. Get front row seats for NASA’s next step in space exploration!

December 03, 2014

On the morning of Thursday, December 4, NASA will conduct the first test flight of the Orion spacecraft, the vessel that will potentially take humans to Mars and beyond.

Orion will travel 15 times higher above the Earth than the International Space Station, pass through dangerous radiation in the Van Allen Belt, and then speed back to Earth, experiencing temperatures almost twice as hot as molten lava!

The Fleet is excited to host this very special viewing party event to watch history in the making.

Our FREE morning event will feature:

•           Live coverage from NASA, projected onto the Giant Dome Theater screen
•           Your burning space questions answered by our resident astronomer, Dr. Lisa Will
•           Fun educational demonstrations by Fleet Educator Jamie Fryrear
•           Lots of cool Orion giveaways
•           Galileo’s Café open early for your coffee, juice and pastry purchases

At 8:30 a.m., Orion will land in the Pacific Ocean and then be recovered by one of San Diego’s own Navy vessels. Guests are invited to see the splashdown live!

The event begins at 7 a.m. This event is free, but space is limited. All guests must register in advance.

After the event, the science center will open early for visitors to catch ILLUSION: Nothing Is As it Seems and Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, both in their final weeks.

We invite the media to come enjoy this event with us. Interviews with Fleet resident astronomer, Dr. Lisa Will, and Fleet Executive Director, Steve Snyder, can be scheduled by appointment. Media will also have the opportunity to interview kids and families in attendance.

To schedule an interview or media appearance, please contact Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Public Relations Manager Nathan Young at 619-685-5743 or

WHEN:            Thursday, December 4, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado in Balboa Park

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Link to the event on the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center website:

Seven-minute video with more details on the Orion launch event:



About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit