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Windsor Locks, CT, May 9, 2022 – The New England Air Museum’s annual SPACE EXPO returns on Saturday, August 20, 2022 featuring former NASA Astronaut Thomas Jones, Ph.D. as this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Jones is a veteran NASA astronaut, scientist, author, pilot, and speaker, and has flown on four shuttle missions and led three spacewalks, spending fifty-three days in space.  Prior to becoming an astronaut, he attended the Air Force Academy and was a pilot and commander of a B-52 D Stratofortress, leading a combat crew of six.  While earning his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona, he studied remote sensing of asteroids. meteorite spectrometry, and applications of space resources. As a senior scientist for Science Applications International Corporation in Washington, D.C. Tom did advanced program planning for NASA, investigating future robotic missions to Mars, asteroids, and the outer solar system.


Dr. Jones will speak about his fascinating career at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and will be available to meet with visitors from 10:00-10:45 a.m. and 2:15-3:00 p.m. Guests also have an opportunity to meet Dr. Jones at this year’s Breakfast with an Astronaut on Saturday, August 20 from 8 am – 9 am. This is a unique opportunity to personally meet one of NASA’s legendary astronauts and participate in Q&A. Tickets are $50.00 per person and include admission to the museum. A limited number of tickets are available for this exclusive event.

In addition to Dr. Jones’ appearance, SPACE EXPO 2022 features opportunities for visitors to meet life-size droids and intergalactic characters from the 501st Legion Connecticut Garrison. Children ages 4-14 are also invited to participate in our new Cosmic Kids Challenge. Participants will receive a stamp on their Cosmic Kids Challenge passport at four hands-on activity stations, and a full passport will earn children a prize from the museum gift shop.

Other special guests for SPACE EXPO 2022 include the Danbury FIRST Robotics Teams, EAA Chapter 166, NASA Solar System Ambassador Program, Springfield Museums, Springfield Stars Club, and the Talcott Mountain Science Center.

SPACE EXPO is supported by the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. Additional support is provided by the Sheraton at Bradley International Airport.

SPACE EXPO is open to the public, and all lectures, events, and activities are included with general admission. Discounted admission is available for groups for 10 or more with advanced reservations. Additional information is available on our website at or by calling (860) 623-3305.

SPACE EXPO will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and the museum will close at 4:00 p.m. Admission is $18.00 for ages 15 to 64, $15.00 for seniors 65 and up, and $10.00 for youth ages 4 to 14. New England Air Museum members and children ages 3 and under are admitted free of charge. Please note, the CT Summer at the Museum promotion does not apply to this event. The New England Air Museum is located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, adjacent to Bradley International Airport.

The New England Air Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England comprised of three large public hangars, outdoor exhibits, and more than 100 aircraft ranging from early airships and flying machines to supersonic jets and helicopters. The museum is located on 36 Perimeter Road (off Route 75) on the North end of the Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn. For more information please visit, call (860) 623-3305 or find us on Facebook.