Weekends in October
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Included in general admission
Launch your Halloween with a boo-m at our Galaxy Frights experience every Saturday and Sunday in October. These spectacularly spooky (but not scary) space experiences will be socially distanced.
Our creepy cosmic activities include:
- Dress up as your favorite character and join the costume parades in the main plaza.*
- See Spidernaut, NASA’s spider-like robot prototype.
- Visit multiple candy stations for socially distanced and safe trick or treating.
- Watch our original "Facing Fear" film with NASA astronauts, engineers, and flight controllers sharing how they confront and overcome some of the scariest aspects of space exploration in Mission Briefing Center.
- Become a mad scientist in our family-friendly Pop-up Science Labs. Learn about surface tension through a dry ice experiment, discover black holes, and explore mutations.
- Help decorate our monster-sized mural in The Food Lab. This massive space mural has planets, meteors, astronauts, and more ready to be filled with your colorful creativity.
- Navigate your way through an inflatable maze on The Food Lab patio.
- Take a photo at our Commander Quest selfie station and rotating, inflatable Moon in Astronaut Gallery.
- Explore space science with experts during virtual presentations Sundays at 1 p.m. in Space Center Theater.
- Hear from NASA astronauts every Saturday during Astronaut Mission Memories at 11:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. in Space Center Theater or enhance your experience with Breakfast with an Astronaut Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. in The Food Lab. Additional ticket is required.
- Enjoy Halloween music, spooky space sounds and kinetic lights in the main plaza. The spooky sounds include a compilation of radio emissions converted into radio signals, including lightning on Jupiter, the light curve of stars and passing comets.
- Compete with friends and family in cornhole as well as giant versions of Jenga, and Connect 4, in Independence Plaza.
Note: Activities subject to change.
*Costume masks are not permitted. Costumes must be family friendly.
Galaxy Frights Overnight
Facing Fears Trailer
Get to know spidernaut
What has eight legs and crawls on web-like trusses? A spider fit for space. When NASA needed a new versatile robot to tackle some of the more difficult challenges of future deep space travel, Spidernaut seemed like it would be the perfect fit. Learn more about the robotic prototype.
Galaxy Frights daily Schedule
|10:30 a.m.||Commander Quest appearance|
|11 a.m.||Astronaut public presentation|
|12 p.m.||Facing Fear & special guest speaker Dr. Wiseman|
|12:30 p.m.||Costume parade & Commander Quest appearance|
|1:20 p.m.||Astronaut public presentation|
|2 p.m.||Facing Fear|
|2:30 p.m.||Costume parade & Commander Quest appearance|
|4 p.m.||Facing Fear|
Schedule subject to change
Galaxy Frights Speakers
Anima Patil-Sabale | Oct. 3
“Spooky Planets: Are We Alone?”
The Kepler telescope was specifically designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planets. Join us for this special presentation as we investigate newly discovered planets and explore the big question: Are we alone?
Dr. Sean O’Hara | Oct. 10
“Ice Volcanoes in Space: Creepy Cryovolcanoes”
On Earth, volcanoes are made from hot magma or lava. But in the cold reaches of space, volcanoes made from ice and mud might exist too! In this talk we’ll describe these strange “cryovolcanoes,” the frozen planets on which they exist, and how they might be related to volcanic processes we see on Earth.
Dr. Meenakski Wadhwa | Oct. 17
Why should we bring back rocks from Mars?
Wadhwa is a planetary scientist and Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. She is also Mars Sample Return Principal Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her research group studies meteorites and other planetary samples for understanding the formation and evolution of the Solar System and planets.
Dr. Prajkta Mane | Oct. 24
“Meteorites: Messengers from the past”
Join us on a meteorite hunting trip as we explore and identify objects that originate in outer space and survive its passage through the atmosphere to reach the surface of a planet.
Dr. Jennifer Wiseman | Oct. 31
“Ghostly Nebulas, Invisible Matter, and Black Holes! Hubble’s Mysterious Universe”
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope finds more than meets the eye! Some of the coolest things that Hubble sees in the universe are evidence of things unseen – like mysterious dark matter, dark energy and black holes! Join us for this presentation on enigmatic beauty in our universe and the science behind it.