Michigan Science Center to host weeklong Apollo 11 anniversary celebration

Posted at 11:40 AM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 17:58:29-04

DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ)  — In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Michigan Science Center is hosting a series of free events this week, including a global rocket launch Tuesday.

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin reached the moon on July 20, 1969, and became the first humans in history to make contact with another galactic body.

The science center is looking to break a world record through the rocket launch, in which guests can build and launch their own rockets. The activity is in commemoration of the Saturn V moon rocket launch, which happened exactly 50 years ago. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Other events throughout the week include an interactive pop-up science demonstration with NASA on Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. There, visitors will have the chance to participate in hands-on activities, view the sun's surface using solar telescopes and learn about NASA's current studies.

On Thursday, the science center -- along with NASA and other museums across the country -- will create its own virtual mission to the moon on social media.

The festivities conclude with an Apollo celebration on Saturday. From watching planetarium shows to competing a space-themed costume contest, guests will be able to get involved with a wide range of space activities. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets for all events can be reserved at the Michigan Science Center's website. The science center is offering free general admission from now until Aug. 17.