Join the GRPM and Grand Valley State University for Roger That! –  a celebration of space exploration and the life of Roger B. Chaffee through educational exhibits and activities, February 13 – 16, 2019! 

Learn more about Roger B. Chaffee and space exploration at the GRPM on Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16 with hands-on activities including jet propulsion, making planispheres, underwater ROVs, space artifacts, and much more!

Activities will take place throughout the Museum and are included with general admission. Planetarium shows take place on the hour throughout the day and are $4 per person and free for Museum members.

Chaffee Planetarium Show Schedule

February 15
11:00 a.m. – One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
2:00 p.m. – Ice Worlds
3:00 p.m. – Dynamic Earth

February 16
11:00 a.m. – One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
12:00 p.m. – Escher’s Universe
1:00 p.m. – Under Frozen Skies
2:00 p.m. – Ice Worlds
3:00 p.m. – Dynamic Earth
4:00 p.m. – The Queen Light Show: From Mercury With Love


Join the GRPM for Astronaut Nicole Stott’s presentation “Space for Everyone” on Saturday, February 16 at 11 a.m.! 

Nicole Stott is “the Artistic Astronaut” who creatively combines the awe and wonder of her spaceflight experience with her artwork to inspire everyone’s appreciation of our role as crewmates here on spaceship Earth. She has dedicated her life to sharing the beauty of Earth from space with others, and believes that these perspectives have the power to increase appreciation and obligation to care for our home planet and each other.

Nicole’s experience as a NASA Astronaut includes two spaceflights and 104 days spent living and working in space on both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. A personal highlight of her spaceflight was painting the first watercolor in space. She is also an Aquanaut, and along with her NEEMO9 crew, she lived and worked during an 18-day mission on the Aquarius undersea habitat.

Now retired from NASA, Nicole creatively combines the awe and wonder of her spaceflight experience and artwork to spark inspiration and raise awareness of the surprising interplay between science and art. She is the founder of the Space For Art Foundation, and co-founder of Constellation.

Tickets for “Space for Everyone” are $2 with general admission. Limited capacity.


Educator Offerings




On January 27, 1967, tragedy struck NASA’s Apollo program when a flash fire occurred in command module 012 during a launch pad test of the Apollo/Saturn space vehicle being prepared for the first piloted flight, the AS-204 mission. Three astronauts, Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, a veteran of Mercury and Gemini missions; Lt. Col. Edward H. White, the astronaut who had performed the first United States extravehicular activity during the Gemini program; and Grand Rapids Native Roger B. Chaffee, an astronaut preparing for his first space flight, died in this tragic accident.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum renamed its planetarium to the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium the same year.

This event, scholarly in nature and open to the general public, is co-organized by the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Valley State University, and the Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship Fund. Roger That! seeks to honor Chaffee and highlight local research in a two-day celebration of space exploration.