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May 30, 2019
MOSI’s One Small Step exhibit launches in time for summer celebration of the Apollo moon landing
On July 20, 1969, the world held its collective breath as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first walked on the moon.
It was a landmark event that demonstrated how an inspired nation could develop new technologies, solve engineering challenges, and work together to break free from planet Earth on humanity’s journey to the stars. The United States proved that a shared dream could be made an exciting new reality.
At the very heart of NASA’s Apollo program was a nation of young people excited by the prospect of exploring the new frontier of outer space. Families and teachers shared and supported their enthusiasm knowing that it would take an educated generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians to continue making new discoveries. Armstrong’s words upon stepping on the lunar surface, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” rang true in 1969 as they do today.
“One Small Step,” the summer exhibition at MOSI, is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. Combining meaningful historic elements with continuous hands-on science and engineering workshops, “One Small Step” is an opportunity for families to share the significance of the first moon landing.
MOSI guests who witnessed the first steps on the moon in July of 1969 can reminisce with younger family members as they explore a collection of Apollo memorabilia including a working replica of an Apollo computer, a space pen used to save the Apollo 11 mission from disaster, and a full-scale diorama of a 1969 living room where families came together to watch the historic event.
Guests can also come face to face with a moon rock, experience the smell of moon dust and join Buzz Aldrin as he saluted the US flag planted on the moon.
After exploring the past, guests of all ages are invited to take part in mini workshops such as air-pressure rockets and space hovercraft. Guests will also be treated to daily pop-up space demonstrations on why you shouldn’t leave your spaceship without a space suit and the destructive power of crashing meteoroids.
Of course, MOSI guests are welcome to make the day all about space exploration by traveling the night sky in MOSI’s Saunders Planetarium or living on the Moon in Mission: Moonbase.
MOSI is proud to partner with NASA to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 to inspire a new wave of space explorers. NASA is looking to recruit a new generation to build a permanent lunar colony and land humans on Mars in the next few years. MOSI hopes to help launch the dreams and ambitions of future Mars explorers this summer.
Originally published in the June 2019 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.