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Concord, N.H. – On July 20thc1969, American astronauts embarked on humanity’s greatest adventure and took our first steps on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission. To celebrate the 50thanniversary of this historic breakthrough, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is opening To the Moon!, a special exhibition on lunar science and exploration, opening Saturday July 20that 10:30 a.m. with a full day of special programs and activities.


To the Moon!Is the Discovery Center’s first major in-house creation, designed with significant support from Jane’s Trust and New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium, with scientific assistance from the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter CraTer Team at the University of New Hampshire. The exhibition includes a lunar colony, toddler space exploration center, 3-D Apollo landing site maps, information on new discoveries in lunar science, memorabilia and unique photographs of the moon – on the wall and in an 81 square-foot moon puzzle.


The day-long celebration of the historic first moon landing, generously sponsored by Platinum Sponsors Associated Grocers of New England and Silver Sponsors Rath Young Pignatelli and Physical Sciences, Inc., includes the public premiere of the exhibition dedicated to the Moon – and the public premiere of NHPBS’ new documentary, NH in Space. The day also includes activities for children and families, expert talks by CRaTER scientists and special addresses by Governor Sununu and Senator Shaheen. Planetarium shows are also scheduled throughout the day.


This family-friendly celebration will wrap up with a special rocket launch in the fields around McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, to honor Apollo 11’s arrival on the moon.


The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space science, an all-digital, full-dome planetarium and a variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit www.starhop.com.



See the full program below:


10:30 AM       Doors open to the public

                        Public Premiere of our new exhibition, To the Moon!


11:00 AM       Planetarium Children’s Show: Take Flight!


11:30 AM       Makerspace Lunar Activities for Children and Families in the Atrium
                        NHPBS Children’s Lunar Activities in the Atrium
                        FIRST Robotics activities throughout the day


12:00 PM       Governor Christopher T. Sununu – Welcome to the Celebration,

The Importance of STEM in Returning to the Moon and Taking our First Steps on Mars

Planetarium Show on the First Moon Landing, introduced by Governor Sununu: CapCom Go!
Solar Observing in the Observatory & Outside (pending clear skies)


12:30 PM       Docent-Led Tours of To the Moon!
PBS Feature for Children: Ready-Jet-Go!In the Function Room


1:00 PM         Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter CraTer Mission Primary Investigator Dr. Harlan Spence and Researcher Dr. Andrew Jordan of the University of NH: NASA Lunar Science Today
Planetarium Show: Tonight’s Sky


1:30 PM         Lunar Storytime for Young Children and their Families

Makerspace Lunar Activities for Older Children, Teens and Families


2:00 PM         Senator Jeanne Shaheen (invited) – New Hampshire’s role in the Apollo program

NHPBS Feature in the Planetarium, introduced by Senator Shaheen: New Hampshire in Space


2:30 PM         PBS Feature for Children: Ready-Jet-Go!In the Function Room


3:00 PM         Planetarium Show: CapCom Go!
                        Solar Observing in the Observatory & Outside (pending clear skies)

                        Makerspace Lunar Activities for Children and Families in the Atrium


3:30 PM         Rocket launches outside


4:00 PM         Celebration Concludes



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