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It’s been half a century since astronauts first walked on the moon, their footsteps beamed out to a worldwide television audience witnessing the end of the Space Race.
The Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County is marking the anniversary with a week of activities celebrating space exploration from the Cold War-era Apollo missions to the shuttle program.
“Apollo 11 is what led to all of the things that came after,” museum employee Kathy Brown said.
Events kick off Tuesday with space-themed crafts, hands-on space science activities, movies, documentaries and daily book prize drawings. Each day will feature themed activities, beginning with Rocket Day on Tuesday. Visitors can make stomp rockets and straw rockets and watch part of the documentary mini-series, “From Earth to the Moon,” which chronicles the Apollo program.
Also on Tuesday, Wabash College professor Colin McKinney will present “How Does a Rocket Work” at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. with indoor and outdoor hands-on activities.
The career of Crawfordsville native and NASA astronaut Joe Allen will be in the spotlight Wednesday. Allen provided support for the Apollo 15 crew in 1971 and flew on two missions to space, beginning with Columbia in 1982 followed by Discovery in 1984. Allen’s TED talk and other presentations will be featured.
On NASA Day Thursday, visitors can participate in a Mars Rover activity. The 2016 film “Hidden Figures,” based on the careers of black female mathematicians at NASA during the Space Race, will be screened at 10:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Apollo 11 mission will be showcased Friday with rocket-making activities and more of “From Earth to the Moon.”
On the anniversary of the lunar landing Saturday, McKinney will show visitors how to build and fly rockets through the Kerbal Space Program computer game from 1 to 4 p.m. The newly-released “Apollo 11” documentary will also be shown.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the museum and all Space Week programs are free.
For more information, visit the museum Facebook’s page or call 765-362-4618.