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Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Moon Landing 50th

: One Giant Anniversary

The Museum of Science is marking 50 years since a Moon-umental milestone and astronomical achievement with special hands-on activities, thought-provoking live presentations, and much more!


Schedule of offerings

Special Event: A Symphonic Space Odyssey

  • Wednesday, July 17; 7:00 pm
  • NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA
    • This just in! Due to expected inclement weather, we will hold the concert on Wednesday night at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street. Doors open at 6 pm and seating is first come first serve. Please leave blankets, chairs, pets, and food at home. The program remains the same and we look forward to seeing you at Jordan Hall.

      Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing with the Museum of Science and the renowned Boston Landmarks Orchestra at a free concert at NEC's Jordan Hall. For one night only, this family-friendly evening honors the historic event by pairing custom visuals from the Museum-produced Planetarium feature shows with a program of symphonic music inspired by space!


    Museum of Science Activities

    Live Presentations

    • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Blue Wing, Level 1


    BioSuit: The Future of Spacewear

    • Friday, 11:00 am
    • Dava Newman, former deputy administrator at NASA, currently Professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT
    • Modern spacesuits are bulky and can severely restrict an astronaut’s mobility. MIT’s Dava Newman and her lab have come up with a solution – a skin-tight pressure suit that is stronger, safer, and allows far more freedom of movement.


    Engineering a Lunar Landing

    • Friday, 12:30 pm
    • Don Eyles, Apollo engineer
    • Take a look inside the Apollo Moon landings with engineer Don Eyles, author of Sunburst and Luminary: An Apollo Memoir, and hear a firsthand account of the technology development that allowed humans to safely land on another world.


    Afternoon Report: To the Moon and Back Again

    • Friday, 1:30 pm
    • Fifty years after first setting foot on the Moon, humanity is gearing up to return. Learn all about the latest developments in rocket development, resource recycling, and habitat technology to find out how we will land astronauts back on the Moon within a decade.


    How Did We Get a Moon?

    • Friday, 2:30 pm
    • Moiya McTier, Columbia University graduate student
    • The Moon features prominently in the stories we tell, helps us keep track of time, and makes going to the beach fun, but how did it get there? Here's a hint: it started with a bang!


    The Collaborative Engineer

    • Saturday, 11:00 am
    • Bruce McCoy, Apollo engineer
    • Hear all about the spacecraft systems developed for the Apollo landers from an engineer who helped design them. Bruce McCoy will discuss how a massive collaboration was required among hundreds of engineers to write the guidance program and train the astronauts to use it.


    Special Live Program – Journey to the Space Station LIVE

    • Saturday, 12:25 pm
    • Join us as we watch three astronauts blast off on trip to the International Space Station, live from Kazakhstan. NASA’s Andrew Morgan, Italy’s Luca Parmitano, and Russia’s Aleksandr Skvortsov will launch to orbit for a six-month stay.


    Afternoon Report: To the Moon and Back Again

    • Saturday, 1:30 pm
    • Fifty years after first setting foot on the Moon, humanity is gearing up to return. Learn all about the latest developments in rocket development, resource recycling, and habitat technology to find out how we will land astronauts back on the Moon within a decade.


    Food Science and Technology for Extended Missions

    • Saturday, 2:30 pm
    • Michelle Richardson, US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center
    • Feeding astronauts on long space journeys is a major challenge, as space food must meet many requirements such as being compact and long-lasting. Join Michelle Richardson, senior food technologist at the US Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, to find out how food for long-duration missions is being developed right here in Massachusetts.


    Charles Hayden Planetarium (Timed Ticket Required)

    Destination Mars

    • 11:30 am, Friday and Saturday
    • Ever wonder what it would be like to fly to Mars? NASA – and others – have their sights set on the Red Planet and they’re building the technology to get us there! Destination Mars: The New Frontier gives you an up-close look at humanity’s most epic endeavor. Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon and, one day, all the way to Mars! Travel along as we imagine this remarkable journey.


    The Sky Tonight: Lunar Landings

    • 12:30 pm, Friday and Saturday
    • In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, a special twist on our usual star show! A live presenter takes you on an adventure through the celestial sights of the summer — from bright stars and constellations to planets and nebulae—with a special focus on our Moon and humanity’s history of lunar exploration.


    Moons: Worlds of Mystery

    • 1:30 pm, Friday and Saturday
    • Take a journey through our solar system and explore the remarkable diversity — and surprising might — of moons! From volcanoes and geysers to ice-covered oceans and methane rain, these natural satellites have some spectacular features, and many even exert a surprising influence on their planetary partners. Learn what these celestial bodies reveal about the history and workings of our solar system.


    Design Challenge

    Mission: Mars

    • 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Friday and Saturday
    • Engineering Design Workshop, Blue Wing, Level 1
    • Design and build a large, fully enclosed habitat for the surface of Mars that can collapse to fit inside a lander and self-deploy. Explore the tradeoffs faced by NASA engineers as you test your design and maximize the volume of your structure.


    Drop-In Activity

    Hands-On Lab

    • Saturday only, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
    • Suit/Cabot Lab, Red Wing, Lower Level
    • Come join us in the Hands-On Lab, where you are the scientist! Explore how craters are formed on the Moon by dropping your own meteorite onto a surface. Examine live tardigrades, animals that have survived the radiation of space. Create your own chemical reaction and use it to launch a rocket!


    Permanent Exhibit

    To the Moon

    • Blue Wing, Lower Level
    • Created in July 2009 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing, this exhibit features full-size models of the Apollo and Mercury capsules and a graphic timeline documenting the key era of human space exploration.

      Learn about the Apollo program that sent 20 people into space, including the first humans to set to foot on the Moon. Crawl into the “Apollo Command Module” and watch the first Moon landing from the cockpit seats! Stand in front of a full-size model of the cockpit of the “Lunar Module” and see Moon rock fragments and other memorabilia of the era.


    Astronomy After Hours

    Gilliland Observatory

    • Open Friday, 8:30 – 10:30 pm, weather permitting
    • Visit the Gilliland Observatory atop the Museum garage for a variety of hands-on astronomy and space science activities. When weather allows we'll have small telescopes available for a hands-on experience, and visitors will have the opportunity to view the evening’s featured astronomical object through our 11-inch telescope. The Moon will not be visible, but Jupiter and Saturn are likely to be observed.


    Hands-On Activities with Local Researchers/Labs

    Boston University’s Women as Leaders in Astronomy

    Learn about how astronomers use light, how engineers program exploration robots, and more!


    John F. Kennedy Library Museum (Friday only)

    Explore a tactile model of the Friendship Seven spacecraft, and follow Mercury Astronaut Alan Shepard's fifteen-minute suborbital flight from takeoff to splashdown! Perform important space duties such as steering the capsule, looking through a periscope and reporting your findings to mission control.


    Northeastern University Mars Rover team

    Driving a robot on another planet presents a series of engineering challenges. Get an up-close look at the Northeastern’s functioning rover that competed in a NASA challenge in the Utah desert in June, and find out how those challenges were solved.


    Northeastern University Martian Water Extraction team (Saturday only)

    The Prospecting Underground, Distilling Liquid Extractor (PUDLE), is a robotic system designed to collect and clean usable water from ice deposits under the surface of Mars, while simultaneously analyzing the composition and makeup of the regolith on top of the ice deposits. PUDLE was developed by a group of undergraduate students at Northeastern University for the 2019 NASA RASC-AL Mars Ice and Lunar Prospecting Challenge.



    Exhibit Halls


    Recommended for: Grades Pre-K – 12 and adults

Public Event

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