SOURCE: California Science Center

October 13, 2005 08:10 ET

Festival of Flight Scheduled for Lift-off

Celebration Combines Science, Performing Arts, Film and Hands-On Fun at the California Science Center

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 13, 2005 -- Guests can imagine being an astronaut tucked inside a small space capsule, watch performers that make flight come alive, or put on 3D glasses and "blastoff" to the moon at this year's Festival of Flight, October 22-23, 2005 from 10am to 5pm at the California Science Center! The inspirational theme of flight will be celebrated through a wide variety of activities that offer something for everyone in the family. The Festival of Flight is made possible through the generous support of Northrop Grumman. Admission to the festival is free.

Staged in and around the Science Center's main building and in the Air and Space Gallery, visitors can:

--  Learn about the latest exhibit - the Apollo Command Module - and its
    role in the Apollo-Soyuz Test program.  The addition makes the Science
    Center the only location west of the Mississippi to house flown space
    capsules from Apollo, Gemini and Mercury missions.
--  Enjoy performances that interpret flight from artists such as Danza
    Azteca Cuauhtemoc, Collage Dance Theatre, The Korean Classical Music and
    Dance Ensemble, Donna Sternberg & Dancers, Arpana Dance Company, The Eagle
    Spirit Dancers, D. Hunter White & Company and storyteller Michael McCarty
--  Look to the skies for the Red Bull Air Force Skydiving Team, an elite
    group of extreme athletes who will be landing right in front of the Science
    Center, as well as vintage aircraft flyovers, and hot air balloon
--  Explore science both indoors and outside through fun, hands-on
    activities led by Science Center staff
--  Discover flight as seen through the eyes of students from the Dr.
    Theodore T. Alexander, Jr. Science Center School whose artwork will be on
    display in the Air and Space Gallery
In addition, the IMAX Theater will have hourly showings of the new film, "Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D," narrated and produced by Tom Hanks. The film depicts the 12 extraordinary astronauts who walked on the moon and their incredible journey to the lunar surface.

Admission to the festival, exhibits and performances is free; tickets to IMAX films vary from $4.75 to $8.00, and there is a nominal fee for select attractions. For details on the Festival of Flight activities, performances and IMAX show times, visit our web site at Parking is $6 per car -- enter the visitor parking lot at Coliseum/39th and Figueroa Street. For general recorded information, phone (323) SCIENCE (323.724-3623). Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible.

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