NASA on the Square is landing in downtown Huntsville, Alabama, on June 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is partnering with Downtown Huntsville Inc. to fill the streets and sidewalks around Huntsville’s historic Courthouse Square with exhibits, food trucks, live music and fun for all ages.

Visitors can experience the excitement and mystery of space exploration, see and touch the mighty RS-25 rocket engine that will power humans farther in space than ever before, check out how Marshall does 3-D printing, and talk with engineers and scientists who are leading the way to new discoveries.

NASA astronaut TJ Creamer, the first astronaut to become a payload operations director at the Marshall Center, will visit with the public throughout the day. 

At 10:45 a.m., astronaut Creamer and Marshall Center Director Patrick Scheuermann will lead kids and families from the Marshall Child Development Center in a parade around the Square.

At 11 a.m. there will be a short program at the music stage with songs from MCDC preschoolers and remarks from astronaut Creamer; Scheuermann; Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle; and Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville Inc.

Astronaut Creamer will present highlights from his missions to the International Space Station at 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first floor of the Huntsville Times building at 200 Westside Square. Attendance is limited to the first 120 people to sign up at the NASA on the Square information booth on the southwest corner of the Square.

Spokespeople from NASA will be available to media throughout the day.

Media wishing to cover NASA on the Square should contact Molly Porter at or 256-424-5158.

Guests are invited to ask questions, invite friends, and post photos and videos on the Facebook NASA on the Square event page at:

Visitors using Twitter and Instagram are encouraged to use the #NASAMarshall, #DowntownHuntsville and #JourneyToMars hashtags.

For a map of NASA on the Square exhibits and activities, visit: 

For more information about the Marshall Center, visit: