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Celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the moon landing at Moon Day this Saturday

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This Saturday, July 21, 2012, the National Space Society of North Texas along with the Frontiers of Flight Museum are hosting the biggest celebration of space exploration in Texas with Moon Day 2012.

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Where were you July 20, 1969?

Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were in space. Armstrong and Aldrin stepped on the moon at 20:18 UTC on July 20, 1969. Michael Collins remained alone in lunar orbit until the other two members of the Apollo 11 crew returned, 15 hours later, completing the national goal set by President John F. Kennedy on May 25, 1961: perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth.

This year will be the 43rd anniversary of the moon landing (July 20, 1969). At the Frontiers of Flight Museum, you can gaze into the actual Apollo 7 command module and to help celebrate, many other organizations will be there like The National Space Society of North Texas, The Moon Society, the Dallas Mars Society, the Dallas Area Rocket Society, Texas Astronomical Society, Fort Worth Astronomical Society, Museum of Nature & Science, Noble Planetarium, UTA Planetarium, Civil Air Patrol, Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), Kelley Miller (Solar System Ambassador), Citizens in Space, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Monnig Meteorite Gallery, Oklahoma Space Alliance, Dallas Personal Robotics Group, UTD Center for Space Sciences, and the Sci-Tech Discovery Center.

Have fun learning at the Lunar University.

In addition to this amazing slate of exhibitors we’ve arranged for a number of family-friendly classes in the Moon Academy program, including rocket building, Moon Rock disks, and comet-making. In our adult-learning-themed Lunar University our chapter president will update visitors on where space transportation stands in the post-Shuttle era, and the National Space Society of North Texas' chapter vice-president, Ken Murphy, will discuss new views of the Earth/Moon system.

One such class is the “Design a LEGO Lunar rover” class presented by Kelley Miller, a Solar System Ambassador and amateur astronomer from Quinlan, Texas. Kelley Miller currently serves as the Librarian for the Texas Astronomical Society and participates in a number of public star parties and other club-sponsored events. For more information about Kelley Miller and the Solar System Ambassador Program, go to The Solar System Ambassadors Program, sponsored by JPL.

Miller will also teach kids how to make moon craters in the Moon Academy classes and will have Apollo-era memorabilia on display.

What else is there at Moon Day?

*FILMS: We will be screening two films: Postcards from the Future, an award-winning film that premiered at the 2007 International Space Development Conference (ISDC), and Max goes to the Moon, newly developed by the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, CO, from the book of the same name. Max goes to the Moon won the Young Voices Foundation Silver Award, Children's Picture Book (Legacy) in 2009.

In Max Goes to the Moon, Max (the dog) and a young girl named Tori take the first trip to the Moon since the Apollo era. In their journeys, Max and Tori learn about the "Phases of the Moon," "Wings in Space?," and "Frisbees and Curve Balls on the Moon," and much more. Toward the end, Max and Tori's trip proves so inspiring to people back on Earth that all the nations of the world come together to build a great Moon colony from which "the beautiful views of Earth from the Moon made everyone realize that we all share a small and precious planet."

*ART SHOW: There’s an art show of 150 space-themed LP record covers showing space in the popular imagination, from ancient megaliths to the farthest reaches of the cosmos.

*RAFFLE: The National Space Society of North Texas (NSSNT) will hold an hourly raffle with the proceeds going toward charity organizations and NSSNT local educational projects like Space Camp and Space Academy Science Fair is one of the projects funded by donations which send one science fair winner to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® in Huntsville, Alabama, which is also the official visitor center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, for a week-long NASA Space Camp.

*DOOR PRIZES: We’ll have hourly door prizes from Hugg-a-planet, SpaceX, NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race, Orbitec, and more.

*LUNAR BAGS: We’ll also have our crowd-pleasing Lunar Sample Bags on hand for the first 200 or so kids through the door.

With attendance expected to exceed last year’s record of over 1,000 visitors, Moon Day is the yearly event to attend for family fun and a little learning, too.

WHAT: Moon Day 2012

WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 2012

WHERE: Frontiers of Flight Museum
6922 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX
www.flightmuseum.com

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