ROCKET DAY- The Fires of Creation

On Saturday, November 18th from 11 am to 5 pm, Simi Valley Historical Society and Museum is hosting a one-of-a-kind event at Strathearn Historical Park: A celebration of the men and women who for 60 years worked in our local Aerospace Industry, creating the American Space Program

This onetime event will include “Mission Control” in the big Wood Ranch barn with three giant screens showing Rocket Launches, Planetary Missions and Hubble photographs.  A JPL Solar System Ambassador will be on hand to answer questions about the Planetary Missions.  Display cases in this area will show Space program and NASA memorabilia.  Mission Control feed will be projected into the rafters

Rachel Brachman

The church building will be designated Santa Susana Field Laboratory with three screens showing Ray Vincent’s excellent PowerPoint, the National Park Service’s brand new video about SSFL, and NASA’s new video out this summer about the Simi Hills facilities where 20,000 rocket engine tests were performed over the 60 years the test stands were operational.            

Aerojet Rocketdyne is loaning a RS-18 engine for display, as well as sending an astronaut from Johnson Space Center!  The RS-18 is the engine that lifted the Apollo astronauts off from the surface of the moon.  Kids can enjoy finger rockets to launch from their hand.          

The Visitor Center will have two sessions of lectures from Frank Winter who is coming from the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Other presentations in this building include Rachel Brachman telling about the 20 years she spent on the Cassini Mission.  Display cases in this area will contain space program memorabilia.          

The open barn will feature the Burro Flats Mural display of the shaman’s viewing point at SSFL and Dr. Krupp of Griffith Observatory will be on hand to talk about the Winter Solstice services he has participated in with the Chumash, Tataviam, Tongva and Kitanemuk over decades.         

Other plans include a Rocketdyne Retirees Roundtable on the Strathearn House front lawn with retirees chatting about their experiences “on the Hill,” “down at Canoga,” and at the DeSoto facility.  Many of them have already brought great artifacts for us to share.

Food vendors and other novelties like astronaut ice cream will be available for purchase.

Strathearn Historical Park is located at 137 Strathearn Place. Tickets: Ages 13+ $10, ages 5-12 $5, ages 4 & under free. More information & tickets available at – (805) 526-6453.


Strathearn Historical Park and Museum

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