Morrill Hall to celebrate 50th anniversary of moon landing

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Morrill Hall to celebrate 50th anniversary of moon landing

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission, the University of Nebraska State Museum will offer a special space-themed event, “Mission Moon at Morrill Hall,” from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20.

Visitors can investigate how the moon moves; use Galileoscopes to study far-away objects like an astronomer; explore the immersive NASA’s Eyes app to learn how the Earth is studied from space; visualize the solar system; explore moon phases; learn about meteorites and craters; and step on the space scale to see what they weigh on the moon. Mueller Planetarium coordinator Zach Thompson will answer astronomy questions.

The museum will also screen the Smithsonian Channel’s “The Day We Walked on the Moon,” a documentary marking the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on the moon with interviews from key figures in mission control, contemporary astronauts and the families of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. Showtimes are 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The screening is free for museum visitors.

Mueller Planetarium will also screen a variety of space shows during the event. Regular museum and planetarium admission will be charged.

The schedule is:

  • “One World, One Sky”: 10 a.m.
  • “Max Goes to the Moon”: 11 a.m.
  • “Dawn of the Space Age”: 1 p.m.
  • “Earth, Moon and Sun”: 2 p.m.

Learn more about the NU State Museum.

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