SEATTLE, Jan. 10, 2017--On Feb. 4 at 2 p.m., astronaut Dr. Michael R. Barratt will deliver an inspiring and family-friendly presentation at The Museum of Flight. Barratt was a Flight Engineer for Expedition 19/20 to the International Space Station in 2009, and returned to orbit in 2011 as a Mission Specialist during the last flight of space shuttle Discovery. Dr. Barratt now serves in NASA's International Space Station Operations and Integration branches to handle medical issues and on orbit support. His presentation is free with admission to the Museum; admission is half-price for visitors staying in a participating Seattle Museum Month hotel.
A Washington state native, Barratt will be at the Museum to participate in a day of activities inspired by another Washington astronaut, Michael P. Anderson, who perished in the space shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003. Barratt will be the featured guest of the Museum's Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program--an annual event which gives underserved children throughout Washington the chance to participate in the Museum's educational programs rooted in aerospace.
Upper--NASA astronaut Michael Barratt, Expedition 20 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit, occupies his seat in the Soyuz TMA-14 during final preparations for the relocation of the Soyuz from the Zvezda Service Module's aft port to the Pirs Docking Compartment of the International Space Station. This Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft is now on exhibit at The Museum of Flight, Seattle. Photo credit: NASA. (2 July 2009)
Lower-- NASA astronaut Michael Barratt, STS-133 mission specialist, dons a training version of his shuttle launch and entry suit in preparation for a training session in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center. The space shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer in the background is now on exhibit at The Museum of Flight, Seattle. Photo credit: NASA. (24 Sept. 2010)
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Founded in 1965, the independent, nonprofit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The Museum's collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today's 787 Dreamliner. Attractions at the 20-acre, 5-building Seattle campus include the original Boeing Company factory, and the only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer.
With a foundation of aviation history, the Museum is also a hub of news and dialogue with leaders in the emerging field of private spaceflight ventures. The Museum's aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 150,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum's onsite and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission for adults is $23.00 on-site and $21.00 online. Youth 5 through 17 are $14.00 on-site and $13 online, youth 4 and under are free. Seniors 65 and over $19 on-site and $18 online. Groups of ten or more: $21.00 per adult, $13.00 per youth, Thanks to Wells Fargo, on the first Thursday of every month, admission is free from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. And parking is always free. There is a full lunch menu café in the Museum and a limited menu café in the Aviation Pavilion, both operated by McCormick & Schmick's. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org
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