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Space Week 2019- An Event that is Out of This World!


Astronomical observations by telescope * Inflatable planetarium * Solar system construction workshops for the entire family

Family games of Quest * Many more family activities


Monday, January 28th, 2019 | 1
6:00 – 21:00. Event open to the general public!

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 | 14:00 – 16:00. Preliminary event exclusively for people and children with special needs (prior registration through this link
Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 |16:00 – 21:00. Event open to the general public!

 Space Week 2019 is an initiative of the Israel Space Agency at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space being held annualy in porder to increase awareness of and interest in outer space and to commemorate the legacies of Ilan and Rona Ramon.

Astronomical observations – solar and astronomical telescopes (operated by the Hebrew University for Youth):
Three telescopes of the Hebrew University for Youth will be set up in the Wohl plaza. They will be pointed at various astronomical objects such as the sun, Mars, Uranus, nebulas, star clusters, and galaxies, providing visitors with a peek into a distant and wonderful world. 


Crystal Garden workshop and a gift to take home
Workshop in which children and parents recreate an experiment conducted by Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon in the Columbia space ship. Using a glass bottle containing a saturated solution, participants will grow a garden of crystals by sowing two types of seed crystals. A chaotic crystallization process will take shape, creating unique mineral tree formations in the solution, which the visitors can take home (for ages 7 and up).

Galaxy Family construction workshop
In recent decades it has become clear that the phenomenon of planets orbiting stars is not unique to our solar system but widespread throughout the galaxy. It may even be that planets orbit most of the stars we see in the sky. The great variety in structure of the solar systems discovered shows that there is no regularity in the location, number, and properties of planets. The workshop enables each family to construct their own unique solar system based on their family structure and imagination (for ages 3 and up).
Children’s show: Moon and Missiles
To mark 50 years since man first landed on the moon, the Israel Space Agency has decided to send Dr. Molecule to the moon to look into the possibility of setting up a manned Israeli space station. It isn’t clear if he will survive the landing, or how he will handle conditions on the moon, but one thing is certain – it will be funny! (for ages 3 and up)
Inflatable Planetarium
The planetarium is an enveloping semi-circle where a picture simulating the movement of celestial objects is screened to visitors. The planetarium experience offers an initial encounter with the celestial bodies and their movements and the myths that grew around them(for ages 5 and up).
Astronaut Academy
Entertaining tour led by an actor among science museum exhibits that relate to outer space(for ages 3 and up).
Pardon the inconvenience, the exhibit is being sent to outer space – family game of Quest
The museum exhibits will take us on an imaginative experiment to the international space station to answer the question – how would each exhibit behave if we operated it in space? Together we will try to imagine different behaviors and select one exhibit which we would especially like to send into space.
Moon Station – group construction workshop (run by the Hebrew University for Youth)
The moon’s environment is hostile to humans. Establishing a manned station on the moon is a complex mission conducted under harsh conditions. It is important that the moon station is easy to build and strong enough to withstand the moon’s emptiness, extreme changes of temperature, and dangerous radiation. In the construction workshop we will learn the constraints and cope with the challenge of building a smart structure for the moon station (for ages 10 and up).
Space Suit – active workshop (run by the Hebrew University for Youth)
One of the palpable dangers for space travelers is the radiation from our sun or other sources. In this workshop visitors will learn about types of radiation and especially UV rays by planning a space suit to protect astronauts. Visitors will measure simple UV rays using an improvised ‘radiation meter’ (for ages 12 and up).

Meet the Astronaut 
Dr. Sandra Magnus, Engineer and NASA's astronaut  will  lecture and share her experience from various space assignments she took part in. Monday 28.1.19, 16:00 – 17:00 ( the lecture will be in English. Photo op  time will be at the end of the lecture. Age 7 and above).
SpaceIL – lectures on the most exciting mission of the year!
Fifty years after the first man landed on the moon the first unmanned Israeli spaceship is being launched in his wake. The mission is complex – it requires a successful launch, followed by spiraling up towards the moon, getting into orbit, and then finding a landing site flat enough and cold enough for a safe landing. Throughout it all you must maintain contact with earth and the spaceship has to remain intact. The lecture presents the journey of the first Israeli spaceship to the moon. We will learn about the moon, and ask why we are trying to reach it in the first place. We will also hear about the spaceship construction project that began eight years ago and is now reaching its zenith (lecture by: Zohar Kaplan, SpaceIL association volunteer). The lecture will be held on January 28th, 2019 at 5 pm, 6 pm, and 7 pm, and on January 29th, 2019 at 7 pm (for ages 5 and up, approximately 30 minutes).
The Moon
Mankind’s Magical Mission to the Moon (lecturer: Rani Elinav, expert on aviation, films, and guidance) January 29th, 2019, 5 pm and 7 pm.
Fascinating and inspiring lecture on mankind’s amazing voyage to the moon, told from a personal and unique vantage point (for ages 7 and up, 45 minutes).
Journey into SpaceNew 3D movie from January 1st, 2019!!!
During the past five decades humans have broken the boundaries of the stratosphere (the middle layer in the earth’s atmosphere). We are continuously walking on the moon, living in and studying outer space. In coming decades our insatiable curiosity will lead humanity beyond the earth’s frontiers to discover new planets and worlds. We invite you to fasten your seatbelts, make yourselves comfortable, and journey into space. Next stop – Mars!
A breathtaking and exciting film for the whole family with interior and exterior shots from the voyages of various space vehicles, the space mission to fix the Hubble telescope, and impressive views of earth from space. They are being revealed for the first time through the eyes of two NASA astronauts, Chris Ferguson and Serena Aunan (a young astronaut selected for future missions). The movie presents an overview of humanity’s achievements in space so far, current missions, and future plans (Hebrew dubbing. Movie length: approximately 30 minutes).
Israel Space Agency sphere

  • Craters on the moon: interactive activity for children in which they experience how craters are formed (for ages 4 and up)
  • Space Agency visitor center: information booklets and games for children about outer space (for the entire family)
  • Augmented reality photograph wall – special Space Week app! (for ages 6 and up)
  • Lunar Phase construction workshop: interactive activity for children in which they build a model of the lunar phases (for ages 4 and up)
  • Footprint on the moon: children are invited to create their own footprint on the moon just like Buzz Aldrin on the Apollo spaceship… (for ages 3 and up)
  • Spaceship landing on the moon: multi-sensory exhibit demonstrating how a spaceship lands on the moon
  • Exhibition showing the moon’s importance for mankind: in science, culture, religion and more (for the entire family)
  • Story Hour: beloved children’s books featuring the moon (for ages 3 and up)

Date Created: 17/01/19
Date Updated: 29/04/19