Our Lunar Legacy
July 20, 2019
4 PM - 11 PM
On July 20, 1969, two people walked on the surface of the Moon, with a third in orbit overhead. Fifty years later, we look back on their experience and explore their legacy.
Tessmann Planetarium is located on the campus of Santa Ana College at 1530 W 17th St. Parking on campus will available at a flat rate of $2 to all event guests.
9 PM - 11 PM
Student astronomers from Santa Ana College will operate telescopes and introduce you to the night sky. This event is dependent on having clear skies.
- Science activities for younger astronauts
5 PM - 9 PM
Friendly experts from Santa Ana College and our community partners will guide explorers of all ages through hands-on science activities. Free and fun for the whole family!
Enjoy music from the Apollo era with the K-EARTH 101 crew from 5 PM - 7 PM.
Activities may include:
- Classify the colors
- Construct a crater
- Create a constellation, led by ambassadors from the Bowers Museum
- Mind your minerals
- Plan the planets
- Prepare a postcard
- Scout the lunar surface
- Sketch the Solar System
- Tune in to NASA TV
- and more!
- Planetarium performances
4 PM, 6 PM, and 8 PM
Tickets $5 per show, available online and at the door
Join our presenters under the dome at Tessmann Planetarium for two new voyages from Earth to the Moon.
Each show is performed live and runs approximately 75 minutes.
- America in Space
The whole world held its breath and stood still as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the lunar surface -- and erupted in a worldwide celebration as they touched down onto the Sea of Tranquility. Now 50 years later, we invite you to join with us to celebrate and relive the amazing story of mankind’s first giant leap into space.
Presenter: Bob Menn
- NASA: We Are the Explorers
Apollo 11 Special Edition
6 PM and 8 PM
50 years ago, 27 people traveled to the Moon, and 12 walked on its surface. How? What did it take to get there, and what have we learned about our closest celestial neighbor? Climb aboard the most ambitious odyssey to the most dangerous destination we've ever explored.
Presenter: Patricia Sullivan
Programming note: due to a change of schedule, tickets purchased for the previously advertised performance, Moon, will be honored at their original times of 6 PM and 8 PM.
Top image: Neil Armstrong's reflection is seen in the visor of fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Credit: NASA / Project Apollo Archive.
Bottom Image: Earth is photographed from lunar orbit by the crew of Apollo 11. Credit: NASA / Project Apollo Archive.