Virtual Astronomy LIVE
Intrepid Museum collaborates with digital platform Kerbal Space Academy to allow local, national and international audiences who have a passion for space science to participate and meet astronauts, scientists and other talents through a series of online events streamed on TWITCH.TV.

Virtual Astronomy Live programs will take place on a monthly basis on the third Thursday of every month through December starting at 5:30pm ET! Times and dates subject to change. Open to all ages.



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Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission
Thursday, December 16 from 5:30pm-7:00pm ET
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A pre-show will take place at 5:00pm ET with an interactive demonstration.

The Virtual Astronomy Live education pre-show is supported by a grant from the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation.

Upcoming Programs
Times and dates subject to change.

Check back here in 2022 for our new lineup.




Summer Ash has been both a rocket scientist and an astrophysicist. She is a freelance science writer and communicator whose work has been published in The Atlantic, NBC News, Smithsonian, Now.Space, Scientific American, Slate, and Nautilus.



John “Das” Galloway:  “Das” is a science outreach communicator who specializes in live, interactive video content. He is the creator of the Kerbal Space Academy, where he uses video games as a tool to start science and engineering conversations with viewers of all ages, and VECTORS Virtual Field Trips, which brings real-time interactive video to museums, events, and historical locations. “Das” also serves as a host and producer for

Past Virtual Astronomy Live Sessions
We hope you had a chance to tune in to Virtual Astronomy Live programs. If you missed them, see below to stream the events.

April: First Ever Virtual Astronomy Live | Friday, April 24, 2020 2PM EST
Intrepid Museum took its popular astronomy night virtual. Astronauts Mike Massimino, General Charles Bolden, and Dr. Frank Summers story-tell about this date in history April 24, 1990: The 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. The show then welcomed astronaut Nicole Stott and the astronauts reflected on what their training in isolation or living in extremely close quarters can help us navigate sheltering in place during COVID-19.
May: Space X Pre-Launch, | Thursday, May 21, 2020 3:30 PM EST
On May 27, Americans once again launched from U.S. soil for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program. Space X sent two NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, on a test mission to help prove the systems meet NASA’s requirements for certification to carry astronauts to the ISS and back. With Michael Massimino, Former NASA astronaut, Professor Columbia University, School of Engineering and Sr. Advisor Space Programs, Intrepid Museum; Garret Reisman, Former NASA astronaut, former director of Space ,Operations, SpaceX, current Professor, USC, School of Engineering.
July: Exploring Astronaut Photography and Art | Thursday, July 16, 2020 5:00 PM EST
Join us for a new Virtual Astronomy Live on Thursday, July 16 from 5:30pm-7:00pm EST, a free event that explores extraordinary voyages and once in a lifetime experiences have always kindled the creative human expression. Astronauts have attempted to convey what they see and feel when they look down on the home planet. Their sense of wonder and amazement has often been translated by their personal photographs. Other astronauts have returned to Earth inspired to create, while a few others actually created art in space.

August: Visualizing Spaceflight Experiences Thursday, August 20 from 5:30pm-7:00pm ET
The Museum presented a Virtual Astronomy Live program on Thursday, August 20 from 5:30pm-7:00pm ET a free event. Jason Craig, Visualization Producer of NASA’s Eyes software at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as he talks through Eyes on the Solar System, a program that lets you explore the planets, their moons, asteroids, comets and the spacecraft exploring them. He will be joined by Bob Palmer, software engineer, freelance game developer and 3D artist who will discuss walking the line between realistic visual design of space exploration parts while keeping them fun for a video game audience.

September: Exploring Asteroids in our Solar System Thursday, September 17 from 5:30pm-7:00pm ET
The Museum presented a Virtual Astronomy Live program on Thursday, September 17 from 5:30pm-7:00pm ET a free event that explored Asteroids in our Solar System. Asteroids may be small but studying them could help scientists unravel some big mysteries. The space rocks are fossils from the birth of the solar system some 4.6 billion years ago — celestial fragments that never managed to grow into planets. Currently, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx’s mission is actually scheduled to land on the asteroid Bennu on October 20, 2020, for a five-second sample collecting mission. The spacecraft is scheduled to return the sample to Earth on Sept. 24, 2023. This conversation will detail what scientists hope to learn from the mission and how the techniques developed to gather this sample lay the foundation for the future of spaceflight and exploration.

October 15: Food in Space Thursday, October 15 from 5:30pm-7:00pm ET
The Museum presented a Virtual Astronomy Live program on Thursday, September 17 from 5:30pm-7:00pm ET Food in Space. Hear about the nutrition and the food selection for astronauts. See how food is packaged for space and taste testing patterns within the Space Food Systems Lab at NASA with ISS Food System Manager, Ryan Dowdy. Viewers will also hear from former NASA Astronaut Michael Massimino, who will share his stories while in space about the food he ate and some fun facts about his time in space.

Funded by:
New York Space Grant Consortium
The Virtual Astronomy Live is supported through a NASA Cooperative Agreement awarded to the New York Space Grant Consortium.  
The program is also supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.