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Get a Jump on Space Day

May 2, 2012 | By Microsoft blog editor

The Museum of FlightLooking for a fun, educational, and inexpensive way to observe Space Day? The Museum of Flight in Seattle is throwing an early-bird celebration the evening before, and the Microsoft WorldWide Telescope team will be celebrating with them. On Thursday, May 3, the museum is offering free admission from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. The Space Day celebration will feature talks, booths, and exhibits, all centered on the theme of space and astronomy.

Volunteers from the Microsoft Research Connections team will be there, sharing the joys of exploring astronomy and space with the amazing WorldWide Telescope. They’ll show museum visitors how to navigate the universe with Microsoft Kinect for Windows, which allows you to use your body as the controller. Imagine flying through the universe by using just hand gestures and your voice. Local astronomy clubs will also have booths, demonstrating telescopes and encouraging future astronomers to pursue careers in space exploration.

We hope you can come and join the festivities. But even if you can’t attend, you can visit the WorldWide Telescope website, where you can explore the universe on your own. Happy Space Day!

Jonathan Fay, Principal Software Architect, Microsoft WorldWide Telescope

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