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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Picture from the Apollo 11 mission by Neil Armstrong Credit: NASA

Join us for a celebration of space exploration—past, present, and future—to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing. Enjoy a day of family-friendly presentations, performances, and hands-on activities about the wonders of the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Discover places in our solar system where scientists have been exploring and imagine where humans will go in the next 50 years. This special event is part of the Museum’s 150th anniversary celebration, a multi-year series of events, programs, and exhibitions inspired by a legacy of scientific exploration and science education.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Main Stage

Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Hall of the Universe

11 am and 2 pm–STORY PIRATES

Join the Story Pirates for an interactive adventure that explores the science and wonder of space! Celebrate the history and future of space exploration, bringing scientific concepts to life in this one-of-a-kind performance for kids and grown-ups alike.

 

Noon–1969: APOLLO 11 LANDS ON THE MOON

A decade-long space race that captivated the entire world culminated in 1969 with Apollo 11, the first space mission to successfully put a person on the Moon. Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart presents a digital recreation of the iconic mission’s flight and landing. Presented in collaboration with OpenSpace.

 

1 pm—GAIA

Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty discusses the latest findings from the Gaia space telescope's second catalog, which precisely identifies the position of more than a billion stars and reveals the galaxy as we’ve never seen it before.

 

3 pm—MISSION TO THE SUN

Join C. Alex Young, associate director for Science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, as he discusses some of the past, present, and future missions to our solar system’s Sun. Learn about the perils of spacecraft getting too close to the Sun, and the advantages that come from living on a planet that is just the right distance away.

Solarium

Black Hole Theater
11 am–5 pm

Here comes the Sun! Experience amazing dynamic imagery of the surface of the Sun in this immersive video installation, which was created from a vast reservoir of real data and video from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

GeoDome Demonstrations

11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:15 pm

Join astronomy educators Brian Levine and Irene Pease for a look at the universe in our portable planetarium, the Geodome. Discover how to locate stars and constellations in the summer skies. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

Space Stories

Reading Nook
11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm

Librarians from the New York Public Library tell space-related children’s stories in the reading nook. Visit the nook to relax in the stacks, borrow books, and sign up for a library card.

To The Moon by Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang

Starlight Café

10 am–5:30 pm (last entry at 5 pm)

Immerse yourself in this limited-engagement presentation of To The Moon, a virtual reality experience by award-winning New York artist Laurie Anderson and co-creator Hsin-Chien HuangTo The Moon uses images and tropes from Greek mythology, literature, science, science-fiction space movies, and politics to create an imaginary and dark new version of the Moon. During the 15-minute experience, the viewer is shot out from Earth, walks on the surface of the Moon, glides through space debris, flies through DNA skeletons, and is lifted up and then tossed off of a lunar mountain.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Advance reservations are now sold out. Additional slots will be made available day-of onsite at the Museum on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note your reservation does not include Museum admission.

Moon to Mars with Carter Emmart

Hayden Planetarium Space Theater

5 pm

Catch CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story, an immersive, historical documentary that showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon. Then visit the landing sites of select Apollo missions and explore Mars using OpenSpace visualization software with the Museum’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart.

Limited capacity. RSVP required.

SOLD OUT

Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family and the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.  

OpenSpace is funded in part by NASA under award No. NNX16AB93A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story is a production of NSC Creative.