Roger That! celebrates space exploration and the life of Grand Rapids native, Roger B. Chaffee, with a multi-day experience annually in February, featuring STEM school programming and a public celebration at the GRPM and an academic and public conference at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Check back for 2021 dates!
GRPM Space Celebration
The GRPM offers educational exhibitions and activities taking place throughout a Saturday in February each year for Roger That! Space Celebration.
Learn more about Roger B. Chaffee and space exploration with hands-on activities put on by the Museum and Community partners.
Activities are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and are included with general admission. Planetarium shows take place on the hour throughout the day, and are $4 per person; free for Museum members.
Chaffee Planetarium Show Schedule
Check back in 2021.
K-12 STEM School Programming
Roger That! STEM programming for school groups will be held at the GRPM. School groups have the opportunity to explore STEM related concepts through a series of programs, which include hands-on activities. Activities will be available on a drop-in basis.
Academic and Public Conference at Grand Valley State University
Join GSVU for a free academic conference annually.
GSVU will kick off the Roger That! academic conference with keynote speakers and break out sessions. These will be announced fall 2020.
The conference is free and open to the public.
Apollo 1 Tragedy
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.