2023 Theme: The Evolution of Space Exploration
UPDATE 9/30/2023, 5:00P
STAR PARTY HAS BEEN POSTPONED, SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS
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El Paso sits near the birthplace of the U.S. space program (White Sands Missile Range) and within the a growing commercial space industry in the U.S. Southwest corridor. For example, to the east is Blue Origin Launch site in Van Horn and the Midland Spaceport; to the west Virgin Galactic at Spaceport America in Truth or Consequences, NM, as well as one of the newest analog astronaut simulation habitats SAMS in Tucson, AZ; to the southeast in Boca Chica, TX is SpaceX Starbase/ launchsite, home of Starship
This year’s Festival celebrates the historical local, regional, and global efforts that give rise to the exciting possibilities of tomorrow. Featuring a variety of hands-on, highly interactive and simulation experiences throughout the week, the festival will have both traditional STEM aspects along with ways "space" has been explored through the arts and literature.
While the focus will be on exploration of outer space and the universe, we also look to how "space on Earth" has been explored as a result of outer space innovations such as communication and image satellites. One way is connecting to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Among the many facets of the theme, this year's festival sheds light in the increasing opportunities for anyone who want to be active "space" explorers. Join us in a discussion of what that can be for our local community.
Thanks to the many Sponsors and Community Partners that have joined us over the years, The El Paso Space Festival (EPSF) is growing into a true grass roots, community-based celebration of human space exploration efforts and achievements. Join us this year and become part of the emerging space story of the El Paso region.
EPSF23 made possible by the support of the follow Sponsors and
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Schedule of Events
(As of September 16, 2023, all times and events subject to change)
Friday, September 22, 6:00P - 9:00P
Co-sponsored with the El Paso International Airport
Where we will celebrate Space Exploration and 95 Years of Aviation at El Paso International Airport (learn more...)
Feature Film: The Fifth Element
Saturday, September 23, 6:00P
Alamo Drafthouse, East El Paso, 2351 Pellicano Drive, El Paso TX, 79928
*Appropriate Cosplay Encouraged
NASA Goddard @ El Paso Libraries!
Saturday, September 23rd
10:30-12:00 Esperanza Acosta Moreno Public Library
2:00-3:30 Sat 23 Sept Richard Burgess Public Library
FREE, open to the public
Join staff from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for a free activity! Build a paper spacecraft and learn about how important communication is for NASA’s exploration missions. Each spacecraft takes approximately 15 minutes to build. All materials will be provided. NASA educators will be on hand to answer questions about space exploration, communications and navigation, or careers with NASA. This activity is best for middle or high school students, or for parents working together with children, but all are welcome.
Girl Scouts Badgeathon!
Friday, September 29rd 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Girls Scout Program Center,
9700 Girls Scout Way, El Paso, TX 79924 (learn more...)
Saturday, September 30th, 8:00am-1:00PM
El Paso Radio Controllers Patriot Field
6121 Stan Roberts Sr Avenue, El Paso, TX, 79934
Hosted by the Horizon City Rocketry ( NAR Chapter #798 )
and the El Paso Radio Controllers (learn more...)
Special guests: Spaceport America
and the Space Cup!
POSTPONED TO DUE WEATHER!
In the interest of safety, this year's Star Party has been postponed due to weather forecast for the Northeast area.
We are currently looking to reschedule this event early November, follow us on social media for updates about this and all events hosted by Insights Science Discovery
Stay safe, keeping looking up at the stars!