The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton is inviting visitors to a free Family Day on February 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will focus on learning about astronomy and satellites and will commemorate the birthdays of Galileo, Copernicus and the anniversary of the launch of the Air Force’s first GPS satellite.

Visitors can see a scale model of the solar system (beginning in the lobby through the length of the museum); learn why satellites spin, how a GPS unit works and how an object orbits the planet; and play a version of ping-pong that demonstrates the path of a falling object.

“Storytime” begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Early Years Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to sit under the wings of airplanes to hear the story of “Sammy the Satellite” and then make a paper satellite.

During this month’s Aerospace Adventure from 1:30-3 p.m. in the event area next to the Korean War Gallery, participants can make their own satellite from recycled materials.

The event is free, and visitors of all ages may participate in these aviation-related activities located throughout the museum galleries. No advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646 for additional information.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit

Source: Article by Sarah Swan, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (edited for content).