Join us for a special commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
Admission: Registration is not required. All guest speaker presentations in Smith Center will be free and open to the public. Visitors ages 17 and under will be admitted to the Museum and all special space activities free of charge on this day. Additional student, military, senior, and EBT discounts are available. Regular Museum admission fees apply to all other visitors.
The day will include special activities and guest speaker presentations for visitors of all ages:
Welcome and ISS Greeting | 10:15 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Join us for the Space Fest launch and an “out-of-this-world” video greeting from NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Engineer, Inventor, and Former NASA Astronaut Dr. Franklin Chang Díaz | 10:20 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Dr. Franklin Chang Díaz, founder and CEO of the Ad Astra Rocket Company, discusses his research and career, including 25 years’ service as a NASA astronaut and a veteran of seven space shuttle flights. He is the author of Dream’s Journey and To Mars and Beyond, FAST!
Former NASA Astronaut Daniel Burbank | 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Former NASA astronaut Daniel Burbank, currently Senior Technical Fellow for Mission Systems at Collins Aerospace Systems, discusses his experience from more than two decades at NASA, including his time aboard the International Space Station.
Spacesuit Engineering Demonstration | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
NASA Engineer Su Curley, who works on crew survival spacesuits and hardware for the Orion Program, including the journey to Mars, discusses current spacesuit technology and shows visitors how suits are used for spacewalking.
Imaginative Invention with Dr. Lonnie Johnson | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Lonnie Johnson, founder of Johnson Research and Development Co., Inc, and holder of over 100 patents, discusses his career in invention – from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab to inventing the Super Soaker®, the top-selling water toy in history.
"Moon-themed Musical Performance and “The Eagle Has Landed”: A Closing Ceremony Exactly 50 Years Later | 3:50 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Gather for a musical send-off and to celebrate the Apollo 11 Moon landing together exactly half a century ago. A special souvenir will be given to all visitors at the end of the ceremony.
Enjoy Moon-themed Music:
Drive A Cappella
Pop-up Performances 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Musical Performance 3:50 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Interactive Activities and Hands-on Gallery Carts
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“Make and Take” Space Crafts
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.