Destination: Space - Celebrating Sally Ride

  • June 27, 2024 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Dennos Museum Center

    1410 College Drive
    Traverse City, Michigan 49686
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Destination: Space - Celebrating Sally Ride

Thursday, June 27th
2:00 - 4:00 PM | Meet the NASA Scientists, STEAM activities, and NASA giveaways
4:00 PM | Zero Gravity Screening | Run time: approx. 72 min 

Join us for a Space-themed celebration honoring Sally Ride! Meet real scientists from NASA, enjoy hands-on STEAM activities in our Discovery Gallery and catch a screening of "Zero Gravity," a film about middle-school students competing in a national satellite coding tournament aboard the ISS. This event is also one of the first opportunities to see our new exhibit from the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum.

Event Highlights:

  • EVA (NASA mascot astronaut)
  • Glove Box demos and Legos
  • Selfie Station with props
  • First Woman fabric backdrop (learn more about Callie Rodriguez here)
  • ISS tangram magnetic puzzle, Artemis SLS and Orion tangram puzzles
  • ISS model and posters
  • Michigan astronaut posters

Special  NASA Guests:

  • Kelly Korreck, lead astrophysicist for NASA, who built instruments to study the Sun's corona and managed the SWEAP Suite on the Parker Solar Probe. Currently, she is the NASA Program Manager for the 2023 and 2024 Solar Eclipses.
  • Tricia K. Mack, with a 30+ year career at NASA, specializes in human space flight. She has extensive experience in EVA, ISS operations, and international collaboration, particularly in Russia.

Celebrate the impact of science, technology, engineering, and math in our lives. Free freeze-dried astronaut ice cream for the first 50 visitors!

This project received support from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.


Zero Gravity intimately follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.

Seen primarily through the wondrous eyes of three young innovators and their first-time coach, they each take an intimate and personal journey to space as their team grows from amateur coders to representing California in the ISS Finals Tournament -- the culmination of a summer-long adventure that sees their incredible accomplishment performed by astronauts in orbit.

After the film, join us for an afterglow at our film sponsor The Little Fleet. Enjoy a beverage of your choice for $1 off when you show your movie ticket, and chat about the film with your fellow movie-goers. 

The ticket price reflects the cost of admission to the museum. Please register in advance. Limit of 250 people, please limit groups to four people.  

*Please be advised that photographs and/or video will be taken at this event for use on the Dennos website, press, marketing materials, social media, and/or other NMC publications. By entering this event, you consent to the Dennos Museum Center photographing and using your image and likeness.

Date & Time

Thu, Jun 27, 2024 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Venue Details

Dennos Museum Center

1410 College Drive
Traverse City, Michigan 49686 Dennos Museum Center
Dennos Museum Center

The Dennos Museum Center builds community, sparks conversation, and inspires change for audiences of all ages through its exhibitions, programs, and the collection and preservation of art.

Opened in 1991, the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College is a premier cultural facility in northern Michigan offering a dynamic array of exhibitions and programs in the visual arts, sciences, and performing arts. The Museum includes temporary exhibition and permanent collection galleries, an elegant sculpture court, and a hands-on Discovery Gallery. The permanent collection features regional, national, and international art from the 19th-21st centuries. The Milliken Auditorium hosts events and concerts with performers from around the world. Visit the Museum Store for great shopping, including a fine selection of Inuit art for collectors.


The Museum's signature collection is Inuit art of the Canadian Arctic, one of the largest and most historically complete collections of these distinctive sculptures and prints in the United States. A significant collection of outdoor sculptures by noted international and Michigan artists surrounds the Museum on the beautiful campus of Northwestern Michigan College. In 2000, the Dennos Museum Center was recognized by ArtServe Michigan with the Governor's Award for Arts and Culture. The Museum expanded its original building in 2018, adding new galleries and auditorium spaces with wide support from the community.


In 2021, the Dennos joined a network of more than 200 other Smithsonian Affiliates in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Panama. Established in 1996, the affiliations program is designed to facilitate a two-way relationship among Smithsonian Affiliates and the Smithsonian to increase discovery and inspire lifelong learning in communities across America. Smithsonian Affiliates are collaborators on many of the Smithsonian’s strategic priorities, adding local content, context, and expertise to national initiatives to help tell a fuller story.

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