MANCHESTER, NH — The excitement is building for NASA’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and for NASA’s plans to return to the moon by 2024 through Artemis missions. The SEE Science Center celebrates the lunar landing daily through their iconic moonwalk demonstration, which gives young visitors the opportunity to feel what it is like to jump on the moon. During the Apollo 50th anniversary celebration, SEE is offering additional opportunities for visitors to be inspired by this amazing accomplishment.
In 1969 the Apollo 11 mission launched on July 16, touched down on the moon on July 20, and returned safely to earth on July 24. During the 50th anniversary of the mission, SEE Summer campers will learn about space exploration and build a lunar lander with household materials at SEE. Members of the public will be invited to watch and help through social media on July 18 when SEE joins NASA and science centers nationwide for a virtual launch. Follow #VirtualMoonshot and the SEE Science Center on social media and you’ll get to vote on which materials are used, watch the final design in action and learn how you can build your own.
As the anniversary of the moon landing makes a final approach, SEE visitors will be able to join the celebration in person with a nationwide NASA viewing party (included with admission). The NASA Apollo 50th STEM show will be broadcast July 19 from 3 -3:30 p.m. and will feature students taking over the new Artemis mission with STEM activities that inspire the next generation of explorers to dream big!
The Apollo 11 astronauts spent twenty-one and a half hours on the moon from July 20 -21 1969. On July 20 & 21 2019 from 1-2pm SEE visitors can participate in Family Workshop activities about space travel. Visitors will be able to map out the solar system, learn about NASA Artemis missions to return to the moon and visualize their own lunar footprints. These family workshop activities are self-guided with staff available to assist. All materials will be provided and are included with admission.
In addition to the activities, the SEE Gift shop will be featuring a “Lift off to Splash Down” sale from July 16 to 24. Selected space-themed items will be discounted, while supplies last.
At its peak, the Apollo program employed 400,000 people and required the support of over 20,000 industrial firms and universities. SEE works to inspire a new generation of STEM enthusiasts to take on challenges with its exhibits and programs.
SEE Science Center is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, hands-on discovery center offering daily access to STEM exhibits, school field trips, workshops, summer camps and much more. SEE Science Center, located at 200 Bedford Street in Manchester’s Millyard is where everyone can discover the excitement of STEM through fun, hands-on experiences. For more information please visit the website at www.see-sciencecenter.org.