COLORADO SPRINGS — Get an up-close look at space and learn how NORAD has been tracking Santa Claus for the past 65 years during the Space Foundation Discovery Center’s Family Star Party!

Below you can find all the details about this year’s event:

Family Star Party: Planets, a Comet, and NORAD — Oh My!

Date: Friday, Dec. 17, 2021; 5:30-7:30 p.m. MST

Venue: Space Foundation Discovery Center, Colorado Springs

Admission: No fee for outdoor telescope viewing; half-price admission for Discovery Center indoor activities


Outside (weather permitting)

  • Viewing Comet Leonard through telescopes
  • Planet viewing (Jupiter, Saturn, Venus)
  • Viewing the near-full Moon
  • Enjoying the Mobile Earth Space Observatory (MESO) and its 12″ telescope
  • Expert telescope support provided by members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society
  • Hot cocoa and cookies


  • NORAD Tracks Santa
  • Create a fun “Space &Santa” craft
  • Presentations about comets and other celestial objects in the Science on a Sphere® theater
  • El Pomar Space Gallery scavenger hunt 

About Space Foundation Discovery Center

Space Foundation Discovery Center is an interactive space museum and science center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is a hands-on, education-focused destination that advances awareness, access and training in space exploration and space-inspired industries for students, teachers, families and space enthusiasts. Partnerships with government and commercial enterprises support exhibits like the El Pomar Space Gallery; Northrop Grumman Science Center, featuring Science on a Sphere®; and Lockheed Martin Space Education Center, including the Mars Robotics Lab, the Education Activities Center, and the AGI Space Missions Simulation Lab. For more information, please visit

About Center for Innovation and Education

Center for Innovation and Education, a division of Space Foundation, is a lifelong learning platform for the global space ecosystem that offers workforce development and economic opportunity for students, teachers, entrepreneurs and professionals via digital programming or live at Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Through its Workforce Development Roadmap, sponsored programs, and global collaborations, Center for Innovation and Education enhances the outlook and opportunities for new jobs, careers and new business ventures through its  Space Commerce Institute, K-12 Programs, Teacher Programs and Resources, and Public Programs and Resources. To learn more about Center for Innovation and Education, please visit, and visit to learn more about Space Foundation Discovery Center.

About Space Foundation

Space Foundation is a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, offering a gateway to information, education and collaboration for space exploration and space-inspired industries that define the global space ecosystem. Driven by a partnership model, Space Foundation operates three divisions that unite the entire spectrum of stakeholders — business, government, education and local communities — through corporate membership, sponsorship, fundraising and grants: Symposium 365 is the premier source for media and events, including the world-renowned Space Symposium and The Space ReportCenter for Innovation and Education is a lifelong learning platform. Global Alliance facilitates collaboration around the world. Visit Space Foundation at, and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn and YouTube