Event:

When: Saturday July 20th, 10am-5pm
Where: Science Museum of Western Virginia
What: A celebration of space travel, the planets and Earth Science

Join us at the Science Museum for a special event day with guest exhibitors, exclusive exhibits and space-related activities! The ground-breaking Apollo 11 mission was a ‘giant leap forward’ in space travel and set new sights on what we are capable of achieving.

Special activities:

The Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society will be at the event with some exciting activities, including a scale replica of the Saturn V rocket that visitors will be able to explore and assemble! There will also be lunar games, Earth Science exhibits and a virtual reality trip to the moon experience.

Apollo 11 mission:

Apollo 11 was a spacecraft that launched from the Saturn V rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on July 16th 1969. Two members of it’s crew – Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin – became the first humans to set foot on the moons surface. Its third crew member was Michael Collins who never walked on the moon but flew the command module in lunar orbit.

Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5hrs on the surface of the moon collecting valuable information and rock samples (proving the moon was not, in fact, made of cheese!). 

The crew made a successful return to Earth on July 24th by landing in the North Pacific Ocean.