Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Students building rocketsSpace Day at Roper Mountain Science Center will showcase re-opening of giant dome theater and planetarium featuring 360 degree immersion, 4K projection, and 5.1 surround sound.

Come JOURNEY TO OTHER WORLDS with us for SPACE DAY at Roper Mountain Science Center!  We have partnered with organizations from across the Upstate to bring in interactive exhibits and hands on activities that will inspire, awe, and motivate you to LOOK UP and CATCH THE VISION of aviators and astronomers from past, present, and future!  There will be something for everyone from every age!  Space Day 2017 celebration will take place Saturday, March 11, 9 AM to 3 PM, at Roper Mountain Science Center. 

All events are included in the general admission to the Center: $7 for children (ages 4-12) and senior citizens (age 60 and over); $8 for teens and adults (ages 13-59). Free for children age 3 and under, RMSC members, and Greenville County Schools employees.  

Shows and show times in the newly renovated Hooper Planetarium: 

  • 10:00 am and 1:00 pm – Stars
  • 11:00 am and 2:00 pm- Astronaut
  • 12:00 pm- Eclipse: The Sun Revealed
Student launching a rocket

 Enjoy additional activities across Roper Mountain in our Marine Lab, Tropical Rainforest, Ecology, and Discovery Labs, and Living History Farm.

Space Day 2017 is supported by Johnson Space Center, NASA Langley, Michelin, GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin, Clemson University, Greenville Technical College, University of South Carolina Upstate, Embry Riddle Aeronautics-Worldwide, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Purdue Alumni, Army National Guard, East North Street Academy of Science and Math, Fountain Inn Elementary, Wade Hampton High School, Byrnes High School Honors Aviation, Western Carolina Remote Control Skyhawks, Asheville Star Trek Club Alaric, and the Upstate SC Youth Aviators Association.

Future astronaut

A Sampling of Space Day 2017 Activities:

  • Moon Rocks, Meteorites, and Historic NASA Artifacts on display
  • Experience the excitement of the This is Rocket Science stage show in the Hipp Auditorium
  • Walk through and sit in a UH-72A Lakota Helicopter with the SC Army National Guard
  • See and touch an actual Space Shuttle Tire with Michelin Engineers and learn about Michelin’s rich history in aviation
  • You be the Pilot with Flight Simulators from Byrnes High School Honors Aviation
  • GE Aviation hosts a Straw Rocket Design Challenge
  • Engineers from Lockheed Martin will launch model rockets and answer questions about rocketry and Lockheed’s participation in the space program
  • USC Upstate students Explore Earth and Space Science with toolkits from the National Informal STEM Education Network
  • See a tabletop comet, build a solar bead buddy, or look at emission spectra with Clemson Physics and Astronomy
  • Clemson Nanomaterials Institute hosts hands-on Nanoscience activities!
  • Make and Take a Pocket Solar System with Purdue Club of Upstate SC
  • East North Street Academy of Math and Science 4th grade students will assist the public with the design and creation of lander modules that safely deliver a fragile payload to the surface of a distant planet
  • Greenville Technical College Aviation Maintenance demonstrates a Gyroscope Suitcase, Bernoulli’s principle trainer, eddy current display, and a Turbine Ignition System.  Plus children will design a circuit and learn how to use electrical meters to measure current, voltage and resistance 
  • Visit the Space Discovery Lab with Wade Hampton High’s FIRST Robotics Team 283, The Generals and make orbit crafts, straw rockets, face painting, or get shrink wrapped
  • PARI offers AstroSurf with Smiley:  Take data with a 4.6m radio telescope located in North Carolina!  You are in charge of observing radio emissions from neutral hydrogen in our galaxy
  •  Join USCYAA and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide in flying "Tiny Whoop" micro drones throughout the Symmes Hall of Science. Explore drone and Radio-Controlled aircraft technology, try flight for yourself on a drone simulator, and learn how to feasibly get involved with all facets of aviation
  • See how Greenville Downtown Airport can monitor aircraft flying all over the world with an iPad
  • Western Carolina Remote Control Club with fixed wing helicopters and drones flying on the Living History Farm plus make and take your own kites
  • Experience Asheville Star Trek Club, The USS Alaric, and explore their Mars and Moon globes
  • Space Tourism Workshop…Learn about where you can go to see space shuttles, comets, suborbital flights, simulator rides, and speculate about being a tourist in space
  • Build a Styrofoam Plate Glider with Fisher Middle School Junior Beta Club
  • Fountain Inn Elementary STEAM Projects on Display
  • Science In Action will demonstrate the forces that govern motion in space
  • Younger visitors will enjoy hearing the story MoonBear’s Shadow by Frank Asch and seeing how Bear’s shadow can be made
  • Astronomers will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss telescopes with solar viewing outside the Daniel Observatory and visitors can purchase custom Roper Mountain Science Center Eclipse glasses
  • Fuddruckers, Chick Fil A, and Snow Castle food available for purchase

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About Roper Mountain Science Center

Roper Mountain Science Center ignites our natural curiosity to explore and shape our world.  The most impactful entity in the Upstate focused on science and science education, RMSC provides curriculum-based, hands-on learning for elementary and middle school students; offers inspiring “edutainment” for the public with Starry Nights, Second Saturdays and other special events; and produces state-of-the-art training for teachers.  Each year, more than 50,000 students, 6,000 teachers, and 30,000 families and adults visit Roper Mountain Science Center.

Location: 402 Roper Mountain Road Greenville SC 29615 Map and Directions

General information: or 864-355-8906

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