Back in 2008, the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region organized a trip to the National Air & Space Museum on the National Mall. But we’ve neglected the excellent collection housed at the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Northern Virginia (nasm.si.edu/udvarhazy). Of particular note, they currently hold the Space Shuttle Enterprise, NASA’s original flight-test model for the Space Shuttle program; Enterprise is expected to be swapped out for Discovery in the near future. Please join us on Sunday, October 2, as we take in the Udvar-Hazy Center’s impressive assortment of aviation and spaceflight treasures.
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, VA (see website, above, for directions)
When: Sunday, October 2, 1pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CRfirstname.lastname@example.org, by Friday, September 30, please
*Admission is free. However, there is a $15 parking fee. (There is also a bus that goes there, the Dulles 2 Dulles Connector.)
Normally, we like to include a lunch gathering as part of our events. However, the Udvar-Hazy center is not really near anything else (and the only dining on-site is a single fast-food location). So we will simply meet at 1 pm, inside the main entrance. In planning your day, you may also want to make some time to check out the Solar Decathlon on the National Mall (www.solardecathlon.gov). The Solar Decathlon is an exhibition of solar-powered model homes, and it will be open to the public September 23 through October 2.
Due to the parking fee, we recommend carpooling. If you would be interested in carpooling, please include your location and transportation situation with your RSVP, and we will try to help you find one or more people with whom to carpool. We hope to see you there!