Friday, July 19, 2013

Totally Texas -- Remembering the Apollos

Moon Day

Frontiers of Flight Museum

6911 Lemmon Avenue

Dallas, TX 75209


It’s been more than forty years since a human being last set foot on the moon. Even my daughter’s too young to remember. But this Saturday, July 20, the Frontiers of Flight Museum near Dallas Love Field airport will celebrate the anniversary of the very first moon landing, July 20, 1969.

In cooperation with Ken Murphy of The Moon Society and the National Space Society of North Texas, the museum hosts family-oriented activities, including robotics demonstrations, close-ups of meteorites, and inflatable planetariums from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The first two hundred kids through the door when the museum opens will receive free “lunar sample” bags with magazines, stickers, posters, and more. You’ll need separate registration for the model rocket building class and “space hacker” workshop on designing and building microgravity science payloads. All other activities are included in the museum’s regular admission of $8 for adults, $6 for seniors age 65 and older, and $5 for children ages 3-17. Children under three are admitted free. And yes, there’s a break room for snacks and an indoor play area for the smaller kids.

New to Moon Day this year are chances for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts to earn badges for STEM activities (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The museum’s regular space flight exhibits include a room dedicated to artifacts of the Apollo missions, including the only lunar rock in North Texas, and the command module from the 1968 Apollo 7 mission of October 1968 where you can marvel at how three astronauts lived in a vehicle whose interior is smaller than that of many cars.

Is space too far out for your taste? Take a look at the museum’s collection of historic aircraft and board a complete Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 -- housed inside the

And for another break from Texas heat, the museum hosts a birthday bash the following Wednesday, July 24, in honor of pioneering woman aviator Amelia Earhart. Birthday celebrations for Earhart, who disappeared on an around the world flight in 1937, are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with birthday cake at 2 p.m.

For more information about Moon Day and the Frontier of Flight Museum, see

For information about the National Space Society of North Texas, see

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