Space Foundation Discovery Center To Host Family Star Party Dec. 17

Family Star Party

Space Foundation Discovery Center To Host Family Star Party Dec. 17

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Dec. 13, 2021 — Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983 for the global space ecosystem, today announced that Space Foundation Discovery Center will host a Family Star Party on Friday, Dec. 17, at 5:30-7:30 p.m. The party will offer an opportunity to view Comet Leonard, and NORAD Tracks Santa will be on-site to share how NORAD has tracked Santa on Christmas Eve for the past 65 years.

Event: Family Star Party: Planets, a Comet, and NORAD — Oh My!

Date: Friday, Dec. 17, 2021; 5:30-7:30 p.m. MST

Venue: Space Foundation Discovery Center, Colorado Springs


No fee for outdoor telescope viewing; half-price admission for Discovery Center indoor activities 


Outside (weather permitting)

  • Viewing Comet Leonard through telescopes
  • Planet viewing (Jupiter, Saturn, Venus)
  • Viewing the near-full Moon
    Enjoying the Mobile Earth + Space Observatory (MESO) and its 12″ telescope
  • Expert telescope support provided by members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society
  • Hot cocoa and cookies


  • NORAD Tracks Santa
  • Create a fun “Space & Santa” craft
  • Presentations about comets and other celestial objects in the Science on a Sphere® theater
  • El Pomar Space Gallery scavenger hunt


This event creates a fun learning environment to inspire the next generation of astronomy enthusiasts. MESO is a “science center on wheels,” allowing the public to experience authentic science firsthand and engaging young people with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) topics.

About Space Foundation Discovery Center 

Space Foundation Discovery Center is an interactive space museum and science center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is a hands-on, education-focused destination that advances awareness, access and training in space exploration and space-inspired industries for students, teachers, families and space enthusiasts. Partnerships with government and commercial enterprises support exhibits like the El Pomar Space Gallery; Northrop Grumman Science Center, featuring Science on a Sphere®; and Lockheed Martin Space Education Center, including the Mars Robotics Lab, the Education Activities Center, and the AGI Space Missions Simulation Lab. For more information, please visit

About Center for Innovation and Education

Center for Innovation and Education, a division of Space Foundation, is a lifelong learning platform for the global space ecosystem that offers workforce development and economic opportunity for students, teachers, entrepreneurs and professionals via digital programming or live at Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Through its Workforce Development Roadmap, sponsored programs, and global collaborations, Center for Innovation and Education enhances the outlook and opportunities for new jobs, careers and new business ventures through its  Space Commerce Institute, K-12 Programs, Teacher Programs and Resources, and Public Programs and Resources. To learn more about Center for Innovation and Education, please visit, and visit to learn more about Space Foundation Discovery Center.

 About Space Foundation

Space Foundation is a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, offering a gateway to information, education and collaboration for space exploration and space-inspired industries that define the global space ecosystem. Driven by a partnership model, Space Foundation operates three divisions that unite the entire spectrum of stakeholders — business, government, education and local communities — through corporate membership, sponsorship, fundraising and grants: Symposium 365 is the premier source for media and events, including the world-renowned Space Symposium and The Space ReportCenter for Innovation and Education is a lifelong learning platform. Global Alliance facilitates collaboration around the world. Visit Space Foundation at, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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Media Contact:

Zakary Watson
Manager, Media & Public Affairs
Space Foundation
(719) 362-8152
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