Lunar liftoff: Lunar exhibits at local museum celebrate Apollo 11

July 18, 2019 08:23 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)-- Fifty years ago this Saturday, we first landed on the moon with Apollo 11. We have not been back since 1972.

Of course, the younger generation does not remember this but here at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, they can get a taste of it with numerous lunar exhibits to help celebrate that trip. This includes being able to partake in two different types of rocket launches. 


There are also various hands-on activities including learning how craters are formed and building space helmets. You can even watch the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon from a 1969-themed living room. 

"I think the younger generation doesn't have as much of an understanding. Obviously, they weren't there to experience this, and it really shows to them and teaches them what happens when we have all the right resources and energy towards doing something as spectacular as landing on the moon," said Kevin Mcnally, coordinator at RSMC. 

In fact, kids at the museum today could be America's next astronauts. 

"So we will be going to space in 2024. We will be sending a female astronaut to the moon. They could come from anywhere. That interest stems from a young age usually. "

Now, most of those exhibits run through the end of summer here at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. 

You can find out more information on the lunar exhibit and other activities taking place at RSMC by clicking here. 


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