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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 model of the iconic mission’s flight and landing. Presented in collaboration with NASA’s OpenSpace.

 

1 pm—GAIA

Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty discusses the latest findings from the Gaia data set, 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 and the Bronx Library Center 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.