and San Diego is a great place to start exploring. Get started today by checking out these fun ways to get into space.
at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. See Atlas rockets (built here in San Diego), models of the International Space Station and Mars rovers, and an Apollo Command Module that took three people into space and brought them home again!
at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. There are only two shows a month, on the first Wednesday of each month, but the Fleet's astronomer makes them worth the wait.
from your own backyard! The International Space Station is a giant structure flying only 300 miles up, so you can see it sometimes when it zips past. If you sign up, NASA will alert you when the space station will be overhead. Then you just go outside, look up, and wave at the astronauts!
from HD cameras on the International Space Station using your computer! The space station has experimental cameras looking back at the Earth, so you can see the same views that station astronauts see. The website even shows you what part of Earth the station is flying over right now, so you can tell what you're looking at.
over Twitter. Lots of astronauts use Twitter to share their experiences, even when they're in space. NASA keeps a list of all the NASA astronauts currently on Twitter, plus a second list of Twitter astronauts who are in space right now!
in the mountains near San Diego! AstroCamp offers one-week or two-week summer camp experiences and school-year classes. Train in a microgravity pool, see the sky through telescopes, rock climb on Mars, and fly through the air on a zip line.
at your local SpaceUp - the world's only space unconference. SpaceUp brings together local space enthusiasts to discuss current topics of interest in an open forum. Entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, teachers, students, and advocates all contribute to the conversations as equals, and all participants are encouraged to propose and lead sessions on topics that interest them.
when the Mars Society - San Diego meets monthly to screen Mars-themed films: features, documentary and educational, shorts, cartoons, and television programs.