If there's a would-be astronaut or astronomer in your house (or even a "coulda-been"), they will find a lot to do today in downtown Baltimore as the Goddard Space Flight Center celebrates its 50th anniversary and five decades of space science in Maryland.
Along with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Goddard has assembled more than 100 free exhibits and activities for kids and adults at the Baltimore Convention Center, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Visitors can meet NASA astronaut and Baltimore native Ricky Arnold, just back from a shuttle flight to the International Space Station; explore interactive exhibits on Earth science and planetary exploration, and speak with real space scientists and engineers about their careers.
Exhibits on "Maryland's Place in Space" will explain the space and Earth science and astrophysics work done at APL, the Space Telescope Science Institute, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Maryland, and by Maryland's aerospace industry.
Kids can make their own wing ring gliders and attend appearances by Sid the Science Kid from PBS; an interactive presentation by Wall-E; and a performance by Stormin' Bob Swanson, "the Singing Weatherman."