Apollo 11 and Canada ‘re-launch’ to the Moon this Saturday at Western University

Fifty years ago today, Apollo 11 launched on a mission to the Moon. Five days later, on July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the lunar surface – a first for humankind.

In celebration of these remarkable highlights of human achievement, Western University is hosting a special event on Saturday, July 20 at the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory from 5 to 11 p.m.

Experts from Western’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (London Centre) will lead programming and will also present public talks on the following subjects:

• To the Moon with Apollo (6:30 p.m.)
• Canada Returns to the Moon (7 and 9:30 p.m.)
• On the Moon with Apollo (8:30 p.m.)
• Canada’s role in the Apollo project (9 p.m.)

From 5 to 8:30 p.m., visitors can navigate a lunar crater with a Lego® rover, touch a real Moon rock and experience Apollo 11 in virtual reality (VR).

Throughout the event, space enthusiasts can also take a selfie from the ‘surface of the Moon’ and enjoy fun and informative displays about the Moon, Apollo 11 and Canada’s contributions to space.

Weather permitting, CPSX faculty, staff and students will also offer safe viewing opportunities of the Sun in the afternoon and stargazing in the evening.

EVENT CONTACT: Parshati Patel, Education and Public Outreach Program Coordinator, Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, 519-701-7110 and cpsxoutreach@uwo.ca

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Renaud, Senior Media Relations Officer, 519-661-2111, ext. 85165, 519-520-7281 (mobile), jrenaud9@uwo.ca, @jeffrenaud99

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