NASA Weekend at ScienceWorks

NASA's Apollo 11 lands at the ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum for a three-day visit with local Earthlings beginning Friday, Sept. 18.

The NASA Exploration Experience mobile exhibit has been traveling the nation in celebration of this year's 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It will be parked at the museum as the centerpiece of ScienceWorks' NASA Weekend through Sunday, Sept. 20.

The museum is at 1500 E. Main St. in Ashland.

The NASA interactive exhibit includes a two-room trailer featuring control panels and activity stations. Video imagery and audio effects create a simulated journey into space and on the moon's surface. Visitors also will be able to touch genuine moon rocks.

Related activities include demonstrations of Robots on the Road, produced by NASA's Aerospace Education Specialists Project. Inside the ScienceWorks museum, youngsters can explore with a robotics kit. Photographic panels showing the solar system and how and why NASA will return to the moon will be displayed. ScienceWorks staff will lead space-themed, tabletop learning activities.

Visitors can check out the museum's moonscape decor, footage of NASA's 1969 moon landing and sample Tang, the orange-flavored powdered drink created for astronauts.

NASA chief technologist Jitendra Joshi will give a presentation on the agency's carbon footprint in space on Saturday and Sunday.

Student Day will be held Friday, Sept. 18, followed by Southern Oregon University and NASA-sponsored teacher training workshops and an Astronauts Ball on Saturday. The latter features guided tours of the NASA Trailer, roving space program experts, refreshments and stargazing with Southern Oregon Skywatchers.

There also will be drawings from the NASA Weekend contest: "Where were you on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 landed on the moon?" Entries of 200 words or fewer are accepted via Web site or regular mail. Prizes will be given.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The NASA Trailer will be open beginning one hour after the museum opens on both days.

An Astronauts Ball — with a live DJ, refreshments and a "star party" with the Southern Oregon Skywatchers — will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, in the museum's theater. The theater will be decorated in retro space-age shiny silver, a group of Party Starters will be dressed as space travelers, and there will be door prizes. Tickets for the ball are $20 and are available online or at the door.

See, or call 482-6767 for information. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission costs $7.50 for adults and $5 for children ages 2 to 12 and seniors over 65.

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