On December 20, 2019, the U.S. Space Force became the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces with a mission to secure our Nation’s interests in, from, and to space. This was the first time Congress established a new branch since 1947 when the U.S. Air Force was created.

Although the Space Force is relatively new, the Department of Defense has been working in space since the beginning of space exploration. Given the current climate of potential threats, it was determined that a new branch should have its sole focus on the final frontier.

Being only four years old, there are still many questions about Space Force and its mission. Read along to learn more about the jobs completed by the Space Force and its Guardians. Join us in the Museum from December 20-24 as we celebrate the U.S. Space Force with discounted admission rates and special hands-on learning activities including a take home fizzy rocket kit, satellite building station, and a space related scavenger hunt!

Extend Your Learning:

Use these comprehension questions with your kids or students to build their literacy skills! Print out this PDF for classroom use.

  1. What is the main idea of the story? What details let us know that this is the main idea?
  2. What are service members in the Space Force called?
  3. What is GPS?
  4. What do the two biggest Space Force bases launch into space?
  5. Name two jobs that are completed on a Space Force base.
  6. State your opinion: Do you think it would be a hard job to serve in the Space Force? Why or why not?

If you are one of our central Ohio neighbors, check out the book at your local branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library where the book is available! Then come to the NVMM and learn more about unique Veteran stories that can be found throughout American History.

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$1 Admission on Jan. 16 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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