On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross over the continental United States for the first time since 1918. In preparation for the highly-anticipated event, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum hosted a special program at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, with help from Orbital ATK volunteers. Members of the company's Emerging Professionals Investing in Careers (EPIC) group helped visitors make projection boxes, similar to pinhole cameras, that offer a safe way to view the eclipse. The volunteers also answered questions about rockets, satellites, education and careers for the curious attendees.

The eclipse will cross the continental U.S. from west to east beginning in Oregon at 9:06 a.m. PDT and ending in South Carolina at 4:06 p.m. EDT. For more information on viewing the eclipse, click here.


The volunteers helped children and adults alike build projection boxes that will allow them to safely view the upcoming eclipse.


The volunteers also answered questions about the rockets and space shuttle housed in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the museum.


The event was just one of the many ways Orbital ATK promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and supports the community.


Orbital ATK volunteers stopped by to visit the company's Pegasus rocket at the Udvar-Hazy Center after the event.