Museum of Science celebrates 50 years of the Apollo moon landing
The Museum of Science, Boston is looking forward to the future of space exploration and reflecting on 50 years on the Moon with the celebration Moon Landing 50th: One Giant Anniversary. Throughout the month of July, the Museum will take part in and host a variety of moon-related celebrations, culminating in a weekend extravaganza of space-themed programming and activities on July 19thand 20th. The One Giant Anniversary celebration, will include presentations from Apollo 11 engineers, special Planetarium shows, space-related hands-on activities, and more. Through a wide variety of activities and programming, the Museum will celebrate all that has been accomplished and all that is to come for humanity and the Moon.
“The present moment is an exciting time for space travel, as we look forward to the future and reflect on the past fifty years of human exploration on the Moon,” said Annette Sawyer, Vice President, Education Division at the Museum of Science. “At the Museum, we look for opportunities to connect the public to STEM in fun and meaningful ways; the study of space provides ample opportunity to examine STEM in all its forms. In reflecting on the risks, sacrifices, and strides made by the pioneers of the Apollo Space program, we hope to cultivate a deeper appreciation for the incredible work being done by today’s space explorers and inspire the next generation.”
The wide variety of programming offered in celebration of the anniversary will allow learners of all interests and ages to participate in space and STEM-related activities intended to spark their interest in asking questions and learning more.
- Planetarium shows include:
- Moons: World of Mystery returns July 5, bringing audiences on a journey through our solar system to explore the remarkable diversity of moons.
- The Sky Tonight: Lunar Landings gives a special twist on the Planetarium’s usual star show with a special focus on the Moon on July 19 & 20
- A Symphonic Space Odyssey – On July 17, custom visuals from the Planetarium’s in-house shows will be paired with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra program for a symphonic night of music at the Hatch Shell inspired by space.
- Special guests, Apollo engineers Don Eyles and Bruce McCoy, will visit the Museum on July 19th and 20th respectively, to give a first-hand account of their experiences working on the Apollo 11 mission team.
- To the Moon and Back Again, July 19 – Museum staff will present a Science Snapshot on humanity’s gearing up to return to the Moon, covering rocket development, resource recycling, and more.
- Former Deputy Administrator of NASA and MIT Professor, Dava Newman, will discuss her research on new spacesuit technology on July 19.
- A special live viewing of the blast-off of three astronauts on their way to the International Space Station on July 20. Launch schedule subject to change.
- Hands-on activities on July 20 with local researchers and labs including Boston University’s Women in Astronomy Group, the JFK Library Museum, and the Northeastern University Mars Rover team.
- Michelle Richardson, Senior Food Technologist at the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center, will share her work on the development of food for long-duration space missions on July 20.
- Planetarium experts join the Boston Harbor Cruises for a special Full Moon celestial presentation on the Sea the Starscruise, celebrating the moon-landing anniversary on July 20.
In addition to the anniversary-themed events, the Museum will continue to host the program, Astronomy After Hours, a free moon-and-stargazing program which runs every Friday night from April to October in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. Additionally, the Museum’s permanent exhibit, To The Moon, features full-size models of the Apollo and Mercury capsules, a timeline documenting the key era of human space exploration, and allows visitors to learn about the Apollo program through memorabilia and more.
More information is available at the MOS website.