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Celebrate World Space Week at Community Museum

Celebrate World Space Week, October 7 through 12, at the Gaithersburg Community Museum.
Post Date:10/07/2019 3:00 PM

Celebrate World Space Week, October 7 through 12, 2019, at the Gaithersburg Community Museum. Explore space with hands-on activities and a poster exhibit, Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, detailing the first lunar landing mission and recognizing the efforts of the people who made it happen. The exhibit is on display through November 10 and is provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

On July 24, 1969, Apollo 11 met President John F. Kennedy's 1961 challenge of "landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." The poster exhibition, Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, explores what led the United States to accept this challenge and how the resulting 953,054-mile voyage to the Moon and back was accomplished just eight years after the program was authorized. Destination Moon examines the mission and recognizes the sacrifices and devotion of more than 400,000 people employed in NASA programs who worked through the trials, tragedies and triumphs of the 20 missions from 1961 to 1969 before Apollo 11.

The Gaithersburg Community Museum is located at 9 South Summit Avenue. Regular Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with additional hours by appointment. Museum admission is free. For more information call 301-258-6160 or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GaithersburgCommunityMuseum and Instagram at www.instagram.com/gburgcommunitymuseum.

Some of the Gaithersburg Community Museum's skywatching and educational programs are supported by The Explore Science: Earth & Space project. The Project’s 2019 toolkit is developed and distributed by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network). This material is based on work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award numbers NNX16AC67A and 80NSSC18M0061. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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