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Dozens gather to launch rockets for official launch of 2nd Annual El Paso Space Festival

3…2…1 Blast off! Dozens of kids and their parents gathered together Saturday morning at the RC Airstrip in northeast El Paso to help launch a week-long series of events for the upcoming 2nd annual El Paso Space Festival.

Insights El Paso has partnered with Sunland Park Mall, NASA, Boy Scouts BSA Yucca Council, UTEP, YISD, EPISD, NMSU and over 20 space education organizations for second annual El Paso Space Festival.

The El Paso Space Festival is part of a nationwide celebration of educational programs designed to engage audiences in the awe-inspiring fields of Earth and space science. Families attending festival events will be able to explore Earth and space phenomena, learn about current NASA Research, launch rockets, stargaze, learn robotics, make moon craters, and much more!

The week-long series of Space Festival events runs Saturday, September 28 through Saturday, October 5, 2019, and concludes with the Space Adventure Extravaganza at Sunland Park Mall on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Schedule of Events is as follows:

Monday, September 30, 2019 SOLD OUT

MAA Family Space/STEM Night (MUREP MAA education lab in the College of Engineering, 1981 Hawthorne St, El Paso, TX 79902)

5:00pm – 7:00pm (Get FREE TICKETS online at

Hands-on space-themed STEM activities for the family at UTEP’s Aerospace Engineering Lab.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 SOLD OUT

Rocket Science Educator Night (CASSMAR College of Engineering, Metallurgy M302, 1981 Hawthorne St, El Paso, TX 79902)

5:00pm – 7:00pm (Get FREE TICKETS online at

Professional Development workshop for teachers and informal educators about forensic engineering with a focus on UTEP’s research into the Columbia accident.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 SOLD OUT

Planetarium Show (Gene Roddenberry Planetarium, 6531 Boeing Dr, El Paso, TX 79925)

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Free public showing at the Gene Roddenberry Planetarium. SOLD OUT

Thursday, October 3, 2019 SOLD OUT

Star Party: Hueco Stargazing (Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1, El Paso, TX 79938)

8:00pm – 10:00pm (Get FREE TICKETS online at

Stargazing, light pollution workshop, and constellation tour.

Friday, October 4, 2019 Tickets available

Nerd Night: Sci-Fi Science (Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E Montecillo Blvd, El Paso, TX 79912)

7:00pm – 10:00pm (Get TICKETS online at

Watch 2001 A Space Odyssey and learn about the science behind the movie from the experts.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 650 Tickets already claimed – 1,500+ people anticipated

MAIN EVENT: Space Adventure Extravaganza (Sunland Park Mall, 750 Sunland Park Dr, El Paso, TX 79912) 10:00am – 9:00pm (FREE TICKETS:

25+ hands-on activities, space talks, special events, prizes and much more

The Space Extravaganza Main Event on October 5, 2019, in addition to hands-on Earth and space activities, will also feature booths from multiple space organizations like NASA, Virgin Galactic, NMSU, Challenger Learning Center, UTEP, and many more.

Families that complete their Space Passport by visiting all booths will have a chance to win prizes.

Online presale tickets are FREE with a donation of toiletries for the El Paso Elks Lodge #187 TTP Toiletry Drive (bring all donations to Saturday’s Extravaganza event).


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