Space Fest (and Touch Down at NYC's Intrepid Museum This Week

This Mars rover model will be on display at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for its Space & Science Festival, which will run Aug. 1-6. (Image credit: Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum)

This article was updated Aug. 4 at 12:50 p.m. EDT.

NEW YORK — Calling all space nerds! From Aug. 1-6, immerse yourself in all things interstellar at the Space & Science Festival, hosted by the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. (And check out's booth Aug. 5-6 to enter to win eclipse gear and see some Lego space kits!)

The museum, located on a docked aircraft carrier at Pier 86 on Manhattan's West Side, will host a weeklong celebration of humanity's quest to understand the universe. There will be plenty of talks, films, creative displays and special guests — like the staff here at! — to satiate your cosmic appetite.

The Intrepid Museum has been home to the space shuttle Enterprise since 2012, and it hosted an interactive "Star Trek" exhibit in 2016.

All of the 2017 Space & Science Festival activities on Pier 86 are free, except for the "Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?" exhibit. Presentations in the museum and the Space Shuttle Pavilion are free with museum admission.

The full schedule for the Space & Science Festival is large, so bring comfortable shoes! Below, has listed some festival highlights to check out.

The festival will hold some special youth events, as well. On Tuesday, Aug. 1, the Space & Science Festival will collaborate with the Harlem Week celebration to host Youth Education & Career Conference 2.0, where young people ages 13-24 can check out exhibits, demonstrations and special "Hackathon" activities. On Friday, Aug. 4, the largest youth-development organization in the country, New York State 4-H, will partner with NASA, Lego and Cornell University to hold activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Space & Science Festival will host a variety of kid-friendly events between Aug. 1 and Aug. 6. (Image credit: Erika Kapin, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum)

There will also be plenty of space drama to choose from. Grab tickets on Friday, Aug. 4, or Saturday, Aug. 5, for the creative play "Moon Shot: A Big Story on a Small Stage," showing at 8 p.m. both nights. For a cool cinematic experience, guests can bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets to an outdoor screening of "The Martian" on Aug. 1 as part of the Intrepid Museum's Summer Movie Series. For a more in-depth film viewing, attend the Thursday, Aug. 3, screening of "Hidden Figures," which will include a panel with special guests from NASA.

For whole families that are fans of the cosmos, the Space & Science Festival will host a Family Astronomy Night on Friday, Aug. 4, with the manager of the Mars Helicopter project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. On Saturday, Aug. 5, come learn about the Intrepid itself and its role in the space race at 11 a.m. Last but not least, make room in your calendar on Aug. 6 to learn about the James Webb Space Telescope. It is set to launch in 2018 to discover new clues about the Big Bang and investigate other questions scientists have about history of the universe.

Ever wanted to ask a writer about our stellar storytelling? Now's your chance! Be sure to visit the booth on Saturday, Aug. 5, and Sunday, Aug. 6, to meet our galactic newsroom. Join us as we build a Lego Curiosity Mars rover for its landing's fifth anniversary.

To learn more about the Intrepid museum and its Space & Science Festival, visit:

The Red Planet will be the central topic in many Space & Science Festival events, including a free screening of the film "The Martian" on Pier 86. (Image credit: Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum)

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Doris Elin Urrutia
Contributing Writer

Doris is a science journalist and contributor. She received a B.A. in Sociology and Communications at Fordham University in New York City. Her first work was published in collaboration with London Mining Network, where her love of science writing was born. Her passion for astronomy started as a kid when she helped her sister build a model solar system in the Bronx. She got her first shot at astronomy writing as a editorial intern and continues to write about all things cosmic for the website. Doris has also written about microscopic plant life for Scientific American’s website and about whale calls for their print magazine. She has also written about ancient humans for Inverse, with stories ranging from how to recreate Pompeii’s cuisine to how to map the Polynesian expansion through genomics. She currently shares her home with two rabbits. Follow her on twitter at @salazar_elin.