Public Day


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Friday, 25 October at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


We look forward to welcoming you to the 70th International Astronautical Congress tomorrow! We’ve had a great week here in DC!

Here are some highlights to check out as you navigate the event.
  • Schedule of Programming includes
    • In Grand Ballroom ABC on the 3rd Level
      • 9:40 AM – the NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, will provide an overview of NASA’s Artemis program to return American astronauts to the Moon by 2024.
      • 10:50 AM – 7 astronauts from around the world will host an interactive discussion with the audience – bring your questions!
      • 1:30 PM - A group of engineers and historians will discuss how science and art converge to drive technology advancement
    •  In the Exhibit Hall at the Launch Site booth 3008
      • 10:20 AM - Female space role models will introduce themselves and tell their stories and answer questions.
      • 12:30 PM – Hear from the companies that are building the rockets and spacecrafts that will take astronauts back to the Moon.
      • 2:00 PM - Filmmakers bring to life their interpretation of NASA’s work to send humans to the vicinity of the Moon and onward to Mars through breathtaking cinematography, amazing animations and state-of-the-art special effects.
  • Take a break for lunch - food vendors will be set up in the rear of the exhibit hall
    • Be sure to make time to tour the more than 150 exhibits and interactive experiences, highlights include:
      • A 1/4 model of Orion – the next generation spacecraft being built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before in the University Zone
      • The Lockheed Martin Lunar Ascent Element in the Grand Lobby of the Convention Center
      • A “Race on Mars” VR treadmill experience in the Lockheed Martin booth 301
      • A mockup of the Blue Origin Blue Moon Lunar Lander on the L Street Bridge
      • An opportunity to try your hand at docking a spacecraft to the International Space Station at Boeing’s booth 463
      • A Space Shuttle Main Engine – next to booth 348
      • A life size replica of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit in the Lunar Lounge
      • Touchable Moon and Mars rocks at the NASA Driven to Explore Experience in booth 2003 and NASA booth 348
      • The Spacebuzz – A VR spaceflight experience in booth 1137

These are just some of the highlights…there’s so much more to explore – nearly 3 football fields! Please try to be respectful of our exhibitors and their displays, many of which are fragile.

General Information
  • The exhibit hall will open at 9:00 AM and the first event with the NASA Administrator begins at 9:40.
  • Upon arrival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, please follow signs to the Registration area located in the Grand Lobby off the Mt. Vernon Place entrance. Those arriving via Metro’s Yellow or Green Lines will need to proceed across L Street to Registration.
  • Participants will be given wristbands to allow access to various events and exhibit hall. Please keep your wristbands on at all times while at the Convention Center.
  • Public day activities will end by 4:00 PM.
  • Selfies encouraged! Please use the hashtag #IAC2019 for your social media posts.
  • Ask questions, the exhibitors and speakers are here to engage and answer your questions about space!
  • Please be mindful of others and keep an eye on children. There are many fragile and irreplaceable articles in the Hall. For safety, please discourage kids from running anywhere in the Convention Center.