Save the Date:
September 17 – 24, 2022
The El Paso Space Festival returns this Fall! The theme
“Let’s Go To The Moon – Vamos a la Luna!”
in part highlights the progress of NASA’s Artemis mission and other space companies plans to return humans to the moon, in part celebrates stories of imagined futures of space exploration. We are planning a variety of hands-on, highly interactive and simulation experiences that explores the idea:
“What is the future of humans living and working on the Moon?”
We will explore questions like how will we get there, and what will we do while there? Where will we live? How long will we be there? Who will get to go, and why? Throughout our week long festival we invite you to creatively explore answers to these questions and more!
Visit this page later for updates and involvement opportunities as a Sponsor, Experience Provider, or Volunteer
2022 El Paso Space Festival Line Up
Our traditional events are now confirmed, ticket sales will open later this summer.
Additional details and events will be added to this page as they are confirmed.
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Space & Astronomy Extravaganza at Sunland Park Mall
Saturday, September 17th, 10:00 AM – 3:00PM (times subject to change)
Sunland Park Mall
EPSF2022 kicks off with what is becoming a popular event of the week-long festival geared for the entire family. Returning will be interactive Experience Zones where you can learn about the different aspects of lunar and space exploration. In the meantime, take a look resources such:
– NASA’s Artemis Mission that plans to return humans back to the moon, including the first woman and person of color. The first of these missions, Artemis 1 Mission, is scheduled for launch later this year. Travel with the mission virtually by adding your name to a flash drive that will fly aboard Artemis 1! Get your boarding pass here.
– The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) is a system of three cameras mounted on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The LRO captures high resolution black and white images and moderate resolution multi-spectral images of the lunar surface. View some of their spectacular images, learn a bit about lunar science history, or visit moon craters and Apollo landing sites in a virtual tour of the Moon created by images captured by LROC
Nerd Night – Movie Night
Friday, September 23rd, 6:30PM – 9:30PM (times subject to change)
Alamo Drafthouse is once again our co-host. Targeting more of an adult audience, we will return with a curated movie selection and panel discussions. Have an idea of a moon-themed movies or potential guest speakers? Want to help co-sponsor a pending film series or film making/ script writing workshop? Add you suggestions here!
Insights, Sun City Astronomers, and Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site host an evening of stargazing and astronomy talks! Bring your own camp chairs, telescopes, and non-alcoholic beverages for a beautiful evening under the stars.
Rocket Launch Day
Saturday, September 25th, 8 am – 1:00PM
El Paso Radio Controllers Airstrip (6121 Stan Roberts Sr Ave)
Build and launch your very own model rocket during the final event of our 2022 Space Festival. Your ticket includes a rocket, rocket decorations (available during the Space & Astronomy Extravaganza!), and a launch window. This event will also offer hands-on rocketry activities, local rocket clubs displaying their BIG rockets, and more surprises! This event is co-sponsored with the El Paso Radio Controllers.
The El Paso Space Festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of multiple educational organizations and space industry partners, making each year’s festival a success!
A special thanks to the the El Paso Electric Company, El Paso Elks Lodge 187, Sunland Park Mall, Alamo Draft House and, Boy Scout Troop 187 for their previous and ongoing support as major sponsors of the 2021 Space Festival!
We welcome the following Partners and Sponsors for the 2022 Space Festival (check back often for updates)
History of the El Paso Space Festival
On Saturday, September 29th, 2018, El Paso celebrated its first Space Festival with over 500 attendees, 10 Earth and Space Activities, 10 local space organizations, and a local astronaut! This was never our intention!
What started as a simple plan to host a science event for 100 children from local child crisis centers at the neighborhood Elks Lodge 187 quickly got out of hand…in a great way. The concept for a space event arose during an unrelated discussion between the Insights El Paso Science Center and the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 187. We realized that a simple combination of Boy Scout volunteers, NISE Network Earth & Space activities, and Elks Lodge venue would provide an ideal setting to host a small space event. Discussing these plans with various stakeholders, we realized that there was a tremendous amount of public interested in a space festival. Inspired by local interest and the success of the Las Cruces Space Festival (40 miles to our North) we began working to improve the educational scope and accessibility of the El Paso Space Festival. With growing community support, we were able expand the festival scope to include: 1-hour Q&A session and group photo with NASA astronaut Danny Olivas, 95 Festival Volunteers, 200 pounds of donated NASA printed educational materials, 15+ Volunteer science and math teachers operating 10 National Informal Science Education (NISE) Network Earth & Space activities and 16 exhibitors providing 9 additional hands-on space activities.
Checkout Highlights from Past Festivals:
Did you love the El Paso Space Festival? Remember to mark your calendars for the annual Las Cruces Space Festival held each spring in Las Cruces, NM.