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Space Day - Dr. John Herrington

Today we’re buckling in, counting down, and launching into space! Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Well today is the day to learn what it takes! Today’s theme is inspired by Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Dr. John Herrington. His hometown is Wetumka, Oklahoma. After college, Dr. Herrington joined the U.S. Navy and earned his Masters in Aeronautical Engineering before joining NASA’s Group 16 Astronaut Class in 1996. Dr. Herrington joined Endeavor STS-113 mission and logged over 330 hours in space. He was the 143rd person to walk in space and the first Native American in space. Since retiring, Dr. Herrington has worked extensively with STEM students, completed a cross-country solo bike ride, earned his PhD, and much more! You can learn more by reading Dr. Herrington’s Oklahoma Hall of Fame biography.

Oklahoma has so many astronauts! Check out these other awesome Oklahoma astronauts: Tom Stafford, LeRoy Gordon Cooper, and Owen K. Garriot.

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Movie Time! We couldn’t pick just one movie for Space Day, so we picked a couple! You can rent and stream Wall-E now. There’s also Zathura that you can rent and stream (we recommend this one for our older audience!). This cartoon also teaches all about the solar system!

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Storytime! Did you know Dr. Herrington wrote a book for kids about going to space? Mission to Space is a great story for the whole family! You can hear it read aloud here and you can get a signed copy from our gift store next time we can all visit! You can also hear If I was an Astronaut!

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Arts & Crafts! What do you think space looks like? You can design your own galaxy with this craft. You can also make your own rocket! Now we know you can’t travel to space in it, but we can think what it may be like while we travel to space!

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Make & Eat it! We’ve got to be careful about the food we take to space! Everything has to be liquid, so what’s something that we think might do well in space? Chocolate pudding of course! Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, has some great recipes to try that may not do great in space, but are delicious while we learn about space!

Listen to it! We’re gonna need music for that long journey to space right? Check out this awesome space party playlist!

Watch this video of Oklahoma Hall of Fame Members involved in exploring space!

Keep learning more of Oklahoma’s Story! We hope that you have a fun time at home learning about space! As always, there’s more to this Oklahoma story, come back tomorrow and we’ll have more for you to explore! Please post pictures of your Space Day and share them with us: #ohofathome

We'd love to see the art you make! Share with us by emailing your name and a picture of your project to info@oklahomahof.com. We can't wait to see your awesome crafts!

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