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Children's Museum to celebrate 50th anniversary of moon landing

Posted at 11:51 PM, Jul 18, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — The Children's Museum of Indianapolis will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's mission to the moon Saturday.

In a news release, the museum announced it will host interactive demonstrations from space experts throughout the day, and visitors will learn about the science behind the moon's surface and why Neil Armstrong's footprint still remains in place decades later.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Armstrong, a Purdue University graduate who became the first human to step on the moon on July 20, 1969, will be celebrated in the museum's "Beyond Spaceship Earth" exhibit where people find Armstrong's plaque in the Indiana Astronaut Wall of Fame at the replicated International Space Station.

Eli Lilly and Company scientists will also discuss their recent project of freeze-drying medicines in space and sending them to Earth to analyze the effects on the medications.

Other activities will include:

  • The Indiana Astronomy Society will show visitors how a solar telescope allows people to stare safely at the sun, along with additional telescope demonstrations.
  • Learn from two Eli Lilly and Company scientists about a new project taking place on the International Space Station.
  • Watch giant robot demonstrations from award-winning robotics teams.
  • Create your own moon footprint.
  • Design your own NASA mission patch for the next era of space exploration, Mission Artemis.
  • Put on a space jumpsuit and gloves and try manipulating tools.
  • Apollo 11 family trivia.
  • Learn about NASA's math genius Katherine Johnson and the impact she had on space travel as you calculate how much spaceship cargo can be carried to the moon and test it using special race car models.