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We are now accepting applications for anyone who would like to become a volunteer at the space center. Applicants must be at least 14 years old. We will be holding a New Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, May 17th from 1:00-3:00pm. You can turn in your application all the way up until the day of the […]

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The Columbia Memorial Space Center is a hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages.  We also serve as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members, lost in 2003.  Located in Downey, California, we strive to be the most accessible space science center in the Los Angeles area.  Our 20,000 square foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, but also a friendly staff and atmosphere to help make them more enjoyable.  Plus, we’re constantly holding classes and workshops, so be sure to check out our calendar for updates

The Space Center also hosts one of over 48 Challenger Learning Centers on the planet, and the only CLC in the greater Los Angeles area.  When operating, you can “Return to the Moon”, “Rendezvous With a Comet”, or go on a “Voyage to Mars,” and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft.  Our CLC is available for field trips, team-building exercises, and parties of 16 or more.



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Smithsonian Latino Center Announces 2014 Young Ambassadors Program

The Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington D.C. is now accepting applications for their 2014 Young Ambassadors Program running from June 22nd through August 1st.  Graduating High School students with an interest in and commitment to the arts, sciences and humanities as it pertains to Latino communities and cultures are encouraged to apply to The Young Ambassadors Program. This national program aims to foster the next generation of Latino leaders via the Smithsonian and its resources.

“As one of our center’s most important educational programs, Young Ambassadors helps to prepare our young leaders for the opportunities of tomorrow,” said Latino Center Director Eduardo Díaz. “This signature program provides meaningful ways for students to learn about their heritage and helps to instill even greater pride in our shared culture.”

The application deadline is April 7, before 5 p.m. EDT. For more information on how to apply, visit

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NASA invites you to travel far into space and become a part of history! Submit your name and have it etched onto a microchip that will travel on board the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft headed to asteroid Bennu in 2016. The Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft and robotic mission is set to last more than two years, will collect samples from Bennu’s surface, and then return those samples to Earth.

“You’ll be part of humankind’s exploration of the solar system –How cool is that?” said Bill Nye, chief executive officer of The Planetary Society, the organization collecting and processing the entries.

To submit your names and learn more about the OSIRIS-REx mission, head over to NASA website by clicking on this link:




 Click on the Kids’ Club logo to check out NASA’s website just for kids: NASA’s  Kids’ Club! With so many fun games, education has never been so fun and entertaining.


NASA Interview with William J. Roberts 

Former NASA Downey engineer describes Downey’s role in aerospace history. Check out this interview of Bill Roberts as he describes his experience working for North American Rockwell Corporation right here in Downey during the 1980′s.


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