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Mason Space Day 2023

Join us for Mason Space Day 2023

Mason Space Day is an exciting, collaborative, and engaging event, with an aim to educate the public on the technology and science behind some of the leading aerospace projects in the area. The day offers lectures from those at the forefront of space exploration and a number of organizations with hands-on space-related activities, educational information, and more. We look forward to seeing you October 22, 2023 from 3 to 9 p.m. on Mason's Fairfax Campus.

Important information for Mason Space Day

Event speakers

Mason Space Day Speakers

The Honorable Charles F. Bolden Jr.
Major General, United States Marine Corps (Ret.)
12th NASA Administrator
Founder & CEO Emeritus, The Charles F. Bolden Group

Michelle Thaller
Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Steven Dam
President, SPEC Innovations

Robert Weigel
Professor, Physics and Astronomy, George Mason University

George Mason University Expert Panel

Anamaria Berea
Associate Professor, Computational and Data Sciences
College of Science

Piotr Pachowicz
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Computing and Engineering

Donglian Sun
Professor, Geographic and Geoinformation Science
College of Science

Erdal Yigit
Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy
College of Science

View Mason Space Day speaker bios

Participating vendors

Dark Sky FriendsDarkSky NOVASPEC Innovations
PlanetariumMason ObservatoryInterstealler Dreams Space Center
Weather ClubPlanetary GeologyBecause Science
Chemistry ClubSpace Weather GroupAudubon Society
Project CaelusSmithsonian Explainers ProgramDCSteakholders
Koi TeaYummie Food Company (GeDunk Food Truck)Gringo Gordo (Fresh Connections)


Locations and parking information

George Mason University
Fairfax VA 22030

General Event Parking is in Mason Pond Parking Deck.  Signs and volunteers will be available to direct you to the event locations. Accessible Parking is available in Lot A, the Mason Pond Parking Deck.

Bus transportation is also available: There is a main bus terminal on campus for the Cue bus system. There are also a couple of Metro bus stops near campus, including the 176, 306, 17G and 29K lines.

Where to eat

Image of student with food truck snacks

Mason Space Day will have Food Trucks available near the main event location for attendees. The Mason Fairfax Campus also offers a number of dining options including Panera Bread, Chipotle, and The Halal Guys.

Food truck vendors include:

DC Steakholders
Gringo Gordo (Fresh Connections)
Koi Tea
Yummie Food Company (GeDunk Food Truck)

Check out Mason's complete list of available dining options. 


Interested in being a volunteer? Please contact Peter Plavchan.

Code of conduct

Please treat everyone with respect at all times, and abide by Mason's Physics and Astronomy Department Code of Conduct

Children and minors in attendance:

All minors MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Parents: Space Day allows children the opportunity to learn about space in a fun and engaging environment.  Keep your hands to yourself and respect the property of those around you and on the Mason campus.  Remember to have fun.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Interested in being an event sponsor, having a table at the event, or are you a local DMV area space-related organization? Check out available sponsorships

Check out the activities from Mason Space Day 2022

Questions? Contact Gabriele Belle and Peter Plavchan.