Monday, July 20, 2009

Repost: [nwsfs-announcements] 40 Year Moon Landing Celebration

Northwest Science Fiction Society Chair Michael Citrak recently posted this notice on the NWSFS Google Group, and I thought that it would be fitting to repost the notice here on the Science Page. Enjoy! ~ Jim


I remember July 20, 1969 late at night my parents woke my brother and I to watch man’s first steps on the moon on TV. Today I have a Christmas tree ornament with Armstrong’s voice “One small step for man….”. Wow, has it been 40 years? To help celebrate both The Northwest Film Forum and The Museum of Flight have special events.

Enjoy Michael Citrak

The Northwest Film Forum presents “The Moon Landing: Screening and Special Live Event” on July 20 at 8:30pm. Join us as we commemorate this profound event for humankind with a 40th anniversary screening of the original television broadcast (at 7pm), followed by a live remix presentation in which filmmaker and sound artist Joe Milutis reworks images of major NASA events leading up to and including the landing. See their web site for details:, The Northwest Film Forum: 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122

The Museum of Flight: Special Events Honor 40th Anniversary of Moon Landing July 20 is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. On that day in 1969 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon, while fellow Apollo 11 crew member Michael Collins orbited above in the mission's Command Module. The entire mission lasted from July 16 until July 24. See their web site for details:, The Museum of Flight: 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA, 98108

And below is a list of “some” of the many events at The Museum of Flight:

Apollo 11: An Artist's Perspective-Original Sketches from NASA Artist Paul Calle July 1 - Sept. 12, Space: Exploring the New Frontier
As part of the 40th anniversary celebration of humankind's first steps on the Moon, The Museum of Flight opened a new art exhibit featuring the work of Paul Calle, the only artist to be with the Apollo 11 crew as they prepared for the launch at Cape Kennedy in July 1969.

Tip-to-Tail Tours: Apollo Artifacts July 18 - 25, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., July 19 only: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Space: Exploring the New Frontier Exhibit
Join a Museum docent for a free tour of Apollo artifacts including an Apollo command module and lunar rover.

Apollo 11: 40th Anniversary Event: NASA TV Broadcast Monday, July 20, 11 a.m., William M. Allen Theater
NASA and the Newseum in Washington, D.C. are hosting a special panel event commemorating the first human landing on the Moon. Moderated by journalist Nick Clooney, panelists tentatively scheduled to appear are astronauts Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11), Alan Bean (Apollo 12), Charlie Duke (Apollo 16) and John Grunsfeld (mission specialist, STS-125 Atlantis). The Museum of Flight will screen this event in the William M. Allen Theater.

The NASA Mobile Exhibit "The Exploration Experience"July 23 - 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Museum Airpark Parking Lot
The Vision for Space Exploration Experience exhibit is housed in a 53-foot-long tractor and trailer rig. The exhibit is designed to share with visitors NASA's exploration goals to return to the moon and travel to Mars and beyond. The experience is intended to inspire visitors as they embark on a simulated journey into space. The exhibit is staffed by NASA professionals in a wide variety of space-related programs. The exhibit will be parked on the Museum's west campus, next to the Airpark. I am sure this is the same exhibit Becky and I saw (with LOTS of kids) a couple of days ago in Olympia and her review of it is:

From almost the moment we entered, tears. I stroked the bit of moon rock (just a triangular sliver, polished smooth by both tools and the tips of generations of fingers), marveled at my lack of memory for the names of the mares and craters of the moon, and grieved that we (real human beings) won't be going back until 2020 at the earliest. If just one of those kids is bitten by the science bug because of this exhibit, it is so very worth it.”

Theodore Ro on the Vision for Space Exploration Friday, July 24, 2 - 3 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Ted Ro is currently serving as a patent attorney in the Johnson Space Center's Office of Chief Counsel. Ro has been with NASA for 23 years. During that time he has worked on various projects associated with upgrading Mission Control for dual Shuttle-International Space Station operations. He will speak on NASA's Exploration Mission and plans to return to the Moon.

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