“The Museum’s Apollo celebration focuses on the future — When we see how much astronauts enjoyed being on the Moon, we know what it will be like to escape Earth’s gravity, explore the Moon and perhaps the whole solar system, said Dr. Carolyn, VP of Astronomy and Physics at HMNS.  “Our future dreams began with Apollo”.


Fifty years after Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong took their first steps on the moon, we are bringing the moon to Houston like never before! Moon by Luke Jerram is a gigantic, internally lit lunar sculpture featuring NASA imagery of the moon’s surface. Lunar features, such as Tycho, Apollo 11’s landing spot and even the elusive “dark side of the moon” are displayed in stunning resolution just above your head.

While keeping your feet on the ground, you can land on the moon – circle the International Space Station — board tomorrow’s Lunar Gateway – visiting a colony at the moon’s South Pole through a virtual reality experience created by HMNS and powered by OVRx, Destination: Moon. The action surrounds you: past, present, and future.

Finally, the 24 Apollo astronauts who reached lunar orbit are the only humans to escape the bonds of Earth’s gravitational pull. In our newest planetarium show To Defy Gravity, we share their exhilarating adventure on the moon and create a realistic future lunar colony where humans could enjoy this low gravity world.

When:  Friday, April 19th , 10 a.m.—12 p.m.

Where:   Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr.

More information at www.hmns.org.