Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 11am-6pm

Saturday, June 17
7:30 - 10 p.m. | SMO Parking Lot 

Join us for an unforgettable evening under the stars as we celebrate Dr. Sally K. Ride's historic trip as the first American woman in space. Ride was a famous astronaut, but she was also a collegiate athlete, scientist, and educator. Inspired by Ride, each year in June, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum celebrates Sally’s Night to recognize the contributions of women and gender minorities, past and present, to science, technology, engineering, and math. This event is free and open to the public. 

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of her historic mission on STS-7, the event is the culmination of sharing the love of space and science with our community. Taking place in the SMO parking lot, we will be hosting a star party to view the night sky through telescopes. We will be providing many activities to inspire all ages, from stomp rockets to Women in STEM booklets as we aim to be the spark that starts someone down the path of STEM. 

Whether you're looking to uncover the mysteries of distant galaxies, satisfy your curiosity about the universe or simply spend an enchanting evening under the stars, Sally's Night is sure to leave you inspired!

This project received Federal support from the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative Pool, administered by the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum.