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Mark The 40th Anniversary of Man On The Moon At Stardome These School Holidays

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Mark The 40th Anniversary of Man On The Moon At Stardome These School Holidays

On 20 July 1969, Neil A. Armstrong took ‘one giant leap for mankind’ and became the first human to set foot on the Moon. Together with Apollo 11 crew member Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, he was able to look up and see Earth as no one had ever done before.
 
40 years ago to the day, Stardome Observatory is celebrating this great technological achievement with a special programme.
 
Visitors can salute the Apollo 11 astronauts with a glass of bubbles (or juice for the children) and a piece of Apollo 11 anniversary cake; browse through archived memorabilia and have a commemorative photo taken with one of Stardome’s ‘astronauts’, before watching a choice of:
 
‘Astronaut’ - a planetarium show about what it’s like to be an astronaut in space, or
‘Dawn of the Space Age’ - a look at the history of space flight from inception through to the modern day.

The programmes will include courtyard telescope viewing (weather permitting) and the opportunity to sign an anniversary card to be presented to the United States Ambassador to New Zealand, who will deliver it to the United States space agency, NASA.

Stardome’s 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Celebration: Monday 20 July 2009.  6.30pm for the planetarium show ‘Astronaut‘, or 7.30pm for the planetarium show ‘Dawn of the Space Age’. Programme includes planetarium show, a presentation about Apollo 11 and courtyard telescope viewing. Telescope viewing subject to weather conditions - a raincheck is issued if viewing is not possible. Tickets $25 per person, booking and pre-payment is essential. Appropriate for ages 8 to adult. See www.stardome.org.nz for details.

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