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The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is proud to be a partner and one of the featured locations for “Columbus Goes to Mars” – a NASA Community Day. Special guests from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center will be in Columbus Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, for a free, community-wide, space-themed learning event hosted by Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center.  Visit Official Event Website

SOLD OUT– The public event will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with a panel discussion and a 7:30 p.m. screening of Academy Awards Best Picture nominee Hidden Figures in the National Infantry Museum’s Giant Screen Theater. Hidden Figures tells the story of three African-American female mathematicians who played a vital role at NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Prior to the screening, NASA experts from Kennedy Space Center will discuss their own experiences with America’s space programs and their inspirations for pursuing a career in aeronautics. Admission to both the panel discussion and the movie will be free, however tickets are limited. Concessions will be available for purchase.

On Saturday, May 6, NASA educators will be back at the NIM from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to lead visitors through various activities such as air-propelled rocket building and launching, and parachute design and testing. NASA’s prize-winning Pink Team robot, designed by high school students, will be on display.

Visitors will be encouraged to experience even more activities at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center and the Columbus Museum as well. Those who get their “passports” stamped at each location will receive a limited edition coin commemorating the event (while supplies last).

Friday, May 5: “Hidden Figures” at the National Infantry Museum – SOLD OUT
Panel discussion from 6-7 p.m. | Movie at 7:30 p.m.

On the evening of Friday, May 5, the National Infantry Museum will host a free, one-time-only screening of “Hidden Figures,” the Academy Award-nominated film based on the true story of a team of African-American female mathematicians who served a vital role at NASA during the early years of the US space program.
Before the film, at 6 p.m., a panel of experts will discuss their experiences working with the space program and their inspirations for pursuing a career in aeronautics. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission to both the panel discussion and the film is free. Concessions will be available for purchase during the event.

Saturday, May 6: “Columbus Goes to Mars,” 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Click each location for schedule of events)
Coca-Cola Space Science Center | The Columbus Museum | National Infantry Museum
Note: Activities at The Columbus Museum will conclude at 3 p.m.

Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, CCSSC, the Columbus Museum, and the National Infantry Museum will host family-friendly activities at all three locations, including:  

· Expert presentations by engineers and educators from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center –  REGISTER NOW FOR YOUR FREE NIM TICKET
· Vesta mosaic art
· NASA’s PINK team robot
· “Humans in space” demonstrations
· Air rocket launches (supervised by the same people who launch real rockets into space)
· STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) presentations by local educators
· Professional teacher development workshops with NASA educators
“Columbus Goes to Mars” marks the first time NASA’s Kennedy Space Center has taken its community day program outside of its hometown of Titusville, Fla.

“The NASA/KSC team is extremely excited to bring a piece of the inspirational work of exploration to Columbus, Georgia,” said Joshua Santora, program specialist at the

NASA/KSC PX-E Education Office. “We are grateful to our collaborators and hosts and can’t wait to share America’s space programs with the people of Muscogee County.” 


Please visit for a detailed schedule of events and activities.