National Astronaut Day

National Astronaut Day

Celebrate National Astronaut Day with a blast - take a virtual tour of space and explore the stars!
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May 5
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Celebrate National Astronaut Day on May 5 and join the world in honoring astronauts and their amazing accomplishments! This day was created to commemorate the anniversary of Alan Shepard's first space flight in 1961. It's an incredible opportunity to recognize all of the brave men and women who have taken part in space exploration over the years, pushing our understanding of science further than ever before.

History of National Astronaut Day

National Astronaut Day Timeline

January 2012
Co-founder Dan finishes the economics degree he promised his mum he’d complete, only to never use it and start his own clothing business (love you mum).
Co-founder Dan finishes the economics degree he promised his mum he’d complete, only to never use it and start his own clothing business (love you mum).

How to Celebrate National Astronaut Day

<div id="" class="celebrate-item"><h3 id="" class="celebrate-title"><span class="celebrate-number">1. </span>Watch a space movie</h3><p id="" class="celebrate-text">Gather some friends and have a space movie marathon. From classics such as The Right Stuff and 2001: A Space Odyssey to newer hits like Gravity and Interstellar, you’ll be sure to have a blast.</p></div><div id="" class="celebrate-item"><h3 id="" class="celebrate-title"><span class="celebrate-number">2. </span>Read an astronaut autobiography</h3><p id="" class="celebrate-text">From Sally Ride’s “To Space and Back” to Neil Armstrong’s “First Man”, there are plenty of autobiographies written by astronauts that provide incredible insight into their experiences in space.</p></div><div id="" class="celebrate-item"><h3 id="" class="celebrate-title"><span class="celebrate-number">3. </span>Visit a museum</h3><p id="" class="celebrate-text">Many museums around the world have astronaut related exhibits, from the Apollo 11 Command Module at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to a full scale replica of the International Space Station at the Kennedy Space Center.</p></div><div id="" class="celebrate-item"><h3 id="" class="celebrate-title"><span class="celebrate-number">4. </span>Take a virtual tour of the ISS</h3><p id="" class="celebrate-text">The European Space Agency has created an interactive 360° tour of the International Space Station where you can explore each module as if you were really there.</p></div><div id="" class="celebrate-item"><h3 id="" class="celebrate-title"><span class="celebrate-number">5. </span>Attend a space launch</h3><p id="" class="celebrate-text">If you’re lucky enough to live near one of NASA’s launch sites, attending a rocket launch is an experience you won't forget. With an online ticket reservation system it has never been easier to attend one.</p></div>

Why National Astronaut Day is Important

<div id='' class='matter-item'><h3 id='' class='matter-title'><span class='matter-letter'>A.</span>Reminds us of the importance of space exploration</h3><p id='' class='matters-text'> National Astronaut Day is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize astronauts who explore outer space. It also serves as a reminder of why space exploration is important, as it helps humanity gain a better understanding of our place in the universe and further our knowledge about galaxies, stars, and planets that are located far beyond Earth. </p></div><div id='' class='matter-item'><h3 id='' class='matter-title'><span class='matter-letter'>B.</span>Celebrates human achievements  </h3><p id='' class='matters-text'>National Astronaut Day is a celebration of the amazing feats achieved by humankind in space exploration. Being able to leave Earth’s atmosphere and explore other galaxies is something few humans have done, and this day serves as a reminder that humans can do incredible things when we work together. </p></div><div id='' class='matter-item'><h3 id='' class='matter-title'><span class='matter-letter'>C.</span>Promotes scientific literacy  </h3><p id='' class='matters-text'> Celebrating Space Exploration Day can help promote scientific literacy among the younger generation - especially those interested in astronomy. Learning about spacemen, their mission journeys, and the discoveries they make will open up their minds to new possibilities and could even inspire them to pursue a career in STEM fields. </p></div>



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