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Chabot to Host Astronaut Rex Walheim For NASA’s Family Night: Destination Station

He will talk about the impact of the International Space Station on our everyday lives.

Chabot Space & Science Center welcomes NASA’s Destination Station - a family celebration of space and science from 6 - 9 p.m. Friday, March 9.

Astronaut Rex Walheim, a San Carlos resident, will be signing autographs, posing for photographs, and answering questions from visitors as part of the celebration from 6 - 7:15 p.m. 

Destination Station is NASA Johnson Space Center’s national awareness campaign promoting research opportunities and community education about activities on board the International Space Station. 

Walheim was a Mission Specialist on STS-135, the final NASA Space Shuttle flight.

He’ll speak about the real and potential impacts of the International Space Station on our everyday lives.

Astronaut Rex Walheim is a veteran of three space flights, and has logged over 36 days in space, including more than 36 extravehicular activity (EVA) hours in five spacewalks.

Walheim graduated from San Carlos High School, then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force before being selected by NASA in 1996.

Although the space shuttles have been retired, there is still a great deal of NASA research taking place on the International Space Station. Some of these related activities on the International Space Station are on display in the Beyond Blastoff: Living and Working in Space exhibition at Chabot Space & Science Center.

The special NASA visit to Chabot Space & Science Center includes astronaut presentations, a Question and Answer session with Rex Walheim, demonstrations, and craft activities for the whole family.

The event is free with General Admission to Chabot Space & Science Center.

For ticket information visit ChabotSpace.org or call the Chabot Box Office at (510) 336-7373. The Center is open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with live planetarium shows at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and telescope viewing (weather permitting).

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