In 2003, Washington native Lt. Col. Michael P. Anderson was one of 7 American heroes who perished aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia as it hurtled towards Earth. From his blue-collar foundations, Michael P. Anderson aspired to fly and explore the universe and his dreams came true, he said, through hard work, dedication and a commitment to achievement. Anderson tirelessly talked about those same qualities to every child he spoke with during his many school and community presentations in Washington and around the country, which inspired the Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program at The Museum of Flight.

The Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program teaches students about science, engineering, flight dynamics and navigation in hands-on, state-of-the-art labs and simulators. Additionally, students are mentored by aerospace professionals including Alaska Airlines pilots, military aviators, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP), Tuskegee Airmen, and Museum of Flight staff—taking them to new places, exposing them to new opportunities and creating dreams many had never even considered before.

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Availability & Price

This program is offered to student in 6 - 8th grade and at no cost to participants.


Registration for the 2016-17 MPA MAP program is now closed. Applications for the 2017-18 program year will be available in August 2017.