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One Giant Leap: 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing
July 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pmFREE
Imagine you are witnessing history-making events through virtual reality experiences, expert speakers, and hands-on family activities. Presented in partnership with WUCF TV and the Orange County Regional History Center (65 E. Central Blvd.). Share your love for space exploration in our community, 60’s or space-themed attire is encouraged.
Featured Events include:
Ready Jet Go! Meet and Greet
10 a.m.–Noon | First Floor, Library Central
WUCF is landing at the Orlando Public Library! Bring your little earthlings to meet Jet Propulsion from PBS KIDS animated series, Ready Jet Go!
Writing the Next Chapter: How Past Moon Missions are Shaping the Future of Exploration
11 a.m. | Albertson Room
Brendan Byrne, WMFE’s award-winning space reporter and NPR national space coverage contributor, opens his reporter’s notebook to share his reports on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. Byrne takes a look at Kennedy Space Center’s role in the historic mission and how hardware from that era is still being used for NASA’s next moon shot.
12 p.m. | 2nd Floor, Melrose Center
Derek Demeter, Director of the Emil Buehler Planetarium, will investigate the vast and varied history of our moon, from its origins and early history to the modern-day lunar landings and the scientific discoveries of the 21st century.
Worlds Beyond Our Own: New Exoplanet Discoveries by NASA’s TESS
1 p.m. | Albertson Room
What weird and wonderful planets orbit the stars that shine brightly in our night sky? NASA’s TESS mission, launched in April 2018, is a space telescope finding the exoplanets that are our nearest neighbors. MIT researcher Natalia Guerrero manages the team that plucks potential planets out of the sea of stars in the TESS camera images. She will share TESS’s latest and most exciting exoplanet discoveries and describe how getting to know our exoplanet neighbors helps us better understand where Earth belongs in the wide variety of possible worlds.