USGS Astrogeology Science Center Events News News about current and upcoming space missions, USGS gelogic products and historical exhibits en-us <![CDATA[Celebrate the Space Racers Premiere in Flagstaff!]]> Sat, 05 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700 Kids can visit the USGS Astrogeology Science Center between now and November 5th to win an Annual Membership or a Grand Prize Family Trip to Space Camp!

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is inviting Flagstaff-area families to celebrate the season two premiere of Space Racers® – preschoolers’ favorite rocket cadets– on Saturday, November 5 th at 11:00 a.m. at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center. Participants will be treated to special space-themed giveaways, a private Space Racers screening, and will get to be part of the official countdown to the series premiere blast-off on Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour preschool network.

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is serving as an official “Mission Support Center” along with several other space museums nationwide. Retired NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle commander Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson will also be live from “Mission Control” at The U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, where he will livestream the countdown on Space Racers Facebook page starting at 11:45 AM ET. Participants at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center will join the Commander by calling into Launch Control and counting down to the premiere blast-off on Sprout.

Three Astrogeology planetary scientists served as science advisors for Space Racers. “Having experts like Moses Milazzo, Lauren Edgar, and Ryan Anderson vet our stories and scripts helped to ensure the show’s scientific accuracy. Their science and space expertise was invaluable!” said Allan Neuwirth, producer and head writer of Space Racers.

In addition to the Launch Day celebrations, Space Racers has kicked-off a nationwide contest to engage future astronauts. Parents are invited to bring their children to the USGS Astrogeology Science Center from now until November 6th to submit a photo of their young ones in front of USGS and the official Space Racers banner. Participants will have the chance to win an all-expenses paid, grand prize trip to Space Camp® for their family or a one-year family membership to a science museum. Participants can also enter online at

Applauded by parents and critics for its STEM-focused curricular themes, season two of Space Racers features some of NASA’s most famous scientific explorations, including Mercury’s MESSENGER probe, the Voyager One spacecraft, and Mars rovers Curiosity, Opportunity, and Spirit. Space Racers is collaborating in a partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Space Camp, to which NASA serves as technical and educational consultant pursuant to a cooperative agreement. The groundbreaking animated series introduces girls and boys to exciting, humorous tales of action and adventure in space, on Earth, and on other planets in our solar system, and inspires a new generation of future astronauts and scientists. Season two presents 40 new space adventures, bringing the total library to 90 across both seasons. Space Racers’ first season is currently airing internationally in over 130 countries and 25 languages.

Space Racers® will premiere season two on Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour preschool network, on Saturday, November 5 th at 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT. The show will air Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT, with new episodes premiering each Saturday. For more information visit:


<![CDATA[Flagstaff Festival of Science - Fall 2016]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 Join us September 23 - October 2, 2016 for the Flagstaff Festival of Science, a FREE 10-day event with field trips, guided hikes, star parties, open houses, hands-on exhibits, presentations and archaeological excavations. Astrogeology Science Center scientists Ken Herkenhoff, Tim Titus, Mike Bland, and Greg Vaughn will give talks on some of the exciting work being done!

We'll also be out at Science in the Park, September 24, 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!