Relativity Lecture Series


Whether you are a whiz in physics or a backyard astronomer, Relativity has something for everyone. This is a science-based lecture series with a broad range of topics and speakers.

FREE for everyone courtesy of The Beal Foundation and the FMH Foundation.


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Astronomy Day & Relativity: Celebrating Women in Science

Saturday, April 21
FREE for everyone
11 am - 4 pm | Family activities
4 pm | Relativity lecture followed by SpaceXplore Awards

Bring the whole family and spark your imagination by exploring career possibilities in the sciences. Learn new skills in Astronaut Training Camp, get creative and design your own rocket in our SpaceXplore competition, learn from professional women in science with activities for girls and boys of all ages, and participate in a very special star talk. Join us for an exciting celebrity-guest Relativity lecture with Colonel Eileen Collins where she will announce the winners of the SpaceXplore competition.

Educators can receive CPE credit for participating in Astronomy Day activities and attending the Relativity lecture. Lesson plans for the day’s activities will be provided. For educator questions and to pre-register for this free day of CPE learning, please contact Melissa Rowland, education director: mrowland@

Relativity is made possible by The Beal Foundation and the FMH Foundation

About Col. Eileen Collins: First Woman to Pilot and Command an American Spacecraft

NASA astronaut Eileen Collins reveals encouraging perspective and insight on the leadership skills needed to break barriers and become a successful pioneer in your field.

One of America’s most admired women, Col. Collins became the first female to pilot a U.S. spacecraft with the Discovery shuttle flight in 1995, and the first female commander on the 1999 Columbia shuttle flight. In 2005, NASA tapped Col. Collins to command the space shuttle Discovery’s historic “Return to Flight” mission, NASA’s first manned flight following the loss of space shuttle Columbia in 2003.

While logging 872 hours in space, Col. Collins earned a reputation for coolness under pressure. With that same calm demeanor, she shares how her career as an astronaut took shape, from her early years in the U.S. Air Force to her ground-breaking experience with NASA.

Drawing from her career experiences, Eileen reveals valuable insights learned from both her successes and her failures. From the importance of working with others to achieve lofty goals, to successful leadership in dynamic environments, her perspective inspires you to embark on your own original journey. For audiences interested in space exploration, she can also provide insight into the future of space travel as the world turns to exciting new space frontiers.

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