Saturday, July 20: Apollo at 50
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic first arrival of American astronauts on the lunar surface with a day-long Open House at the ACRM!
Enjoy our Men on the Moon exhibit, featuring original artifacts from several successful moon missions. Visit with astronauts, engineers and scientists who will share their personal experiences of the Apollo program and answer your questions about space science and exploration.
10am: Men on the Moon exhibit tours begin
10:30am: Montana astronaut Loren Acton will share his experience as a Payload Specialist on Space Shuttle mission STS-51-F -- on which he traveled more than 2.8 million miles! -- and will participate in a Q&A that the museum will share live on social media.
11:30am: Dr. Ken Nordtvedt will tell us about the exciting days he spent as a physicist at the MIT Instrumentation Lab developing the Apollo mission’s navigation and guidance systems. Dr. Nordvedt says, “I’m happy to report that my lunar laser ranging experiment, which began with Apollo 11, is still delivering valuable data today!”
12noon: Dr. Robert Gunderson will talk about his work as Lead Research Engineer to determine the feasibility of astronaut participation in the guidance of the Saturn V Rocket - a project which began with Apollo 11.
1pm: Dr. John Sample will report on his current research into atmospheric X-ray phenomena and its implications for space exploration, for which he has just been awarded a multi-million dollar NASA grant.
Visitors to the Open House will also be able to explore principles of aerodynamics and flight with NASA-designed kite-and-flight kits provided by MSU’s Science Math Resource Center.