Year of Space

Celebrate space exploration all year in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. Visit MiSci to explore space with exhibits, shows and events all year long.
Guests uses telescopes to look at the evening sky

Apollo Celebration

Saturday, July 20, 2019 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Michigan Science Center is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with a full day of space activities! From planetarium shows and solar viewing to special guest speakers and a crater drop, this is a party you won’t want to miss. Build your own Egg-pollo 11 lander to safely drop an egg to the ground and hop around in the moon bounce! Dress up in your best space-themed costume for reduced admission.

  • Build straw rockets
  • Visit the planetarium and the Sun, Earth, Universe exhibits
  • Special performances on the FCA Science Stage
  • Egg Drop Challenge ‘Egg-pollo 11’ in Spark!Lab
  • Solar viewing and other telescopes outside
  • Hands-on space activities at the Explainer Station
  • View interviews and real footage of Apollo Missions in the Earth Room
Two boys build an experiment

Global Rocket Launch

Tuesday, July 16

Join us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. On July 16, 1969, the Saturn V moon rocket launched from Cape Canaveral carrying Commander Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin to the moon. In commemoration, we’ll build and launch our own rockets, then record and share our results.

Blood Moon


Super Blood Wolf Moon (January 20) .

Dassault Systems Planetarium

Dassault Systèmes Planetarium

Discover the universe in all its wonder in our Dassault Systèmes Planetarium, featuring a 50-foot-wide, three-story-high dome. Don’t miss our newest planetarium show, Our Place in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Children look at a model of a space shuttle

Space Exhibits

Marvel at the wonders of the universe as you explore the history of human space travel, learn about rocket technology, tour the galaxy, travel to the sun and more.

A father and two children learn about space in the Sun, Earth, Universe Exhibi

NEW! Sun, Earth, Universe Exhibit

The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibit is presented in collaboration with NASA and the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net). The exhibit is an engaging and interactive museum experience about Earth and space science for family audiences.

Apollo Professional Learning Workshop at MiSci

MiSci is pleased to offer professional training for informal educators on space concepts, plus a micro-grant to support community events. The program’s goal is to generate authentic and long-lasting interest for youth in space missions and planetary sciences.

If you are accepted into the program, you will be asked to attend a training session at MiSci. Following the training, you will host at least one event with an Apollo 11 or other space theme. After your event, you will complete a report to describe how funding was spent and details of your event.

This workshop is open to informal educators in Southeast Michigan. The workshop will take place at MiSci on May 9. To apply, please complete the application here.

*This program is funded in part by the Michigan Space Grant Consortium NASA grant #NNX15AJ20H and the Community Telecommunications Network, a 501(c)(3) private non-profit corporation serving Southeast Michigan.

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