Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Discover the Moon Day!
Discover the Moon Day!

Schedule of Activities

TIME ACTIVITY LOCATION
10:00 am — 12:00 pm 1 NASA LUNAR MISSIONS
Learn about NASA's lunar missions with Jim Green, Director, NASA Planetary Science Division.
Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
1st Floor
10:30 am — 11:30 am 1 MEET FAROUK EL-BAZ
Talk with Farouk El-Baz who trained Apollo astronauts for orbital geologic observations.
Dr. El-Baz was portrayed in the TV miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon.
Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
1st Floor
10:00 am — 3:00 pm 1 PIECES OF THE MOON
See real meteorites that came from the Moon, with scientists from the National Museum of Natural History.
Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
1st Floor
10:00 am — 3:00 pm 1 SEEING BELOW THE SURFACE WITH RADAR
Learn how we can study the Moon from the Earth using radar, with planetary scientists Bruce Campbell and Lynn Carter.
Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
1st Floor
1:00 pm — 3:00 pm 1 LUNAR RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER
Learn about this spacecraft currently orbiting the Moon and see stunning images, with LRO Deputy Project Scientist Noah Petro.
Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
1st Floor
1:00 pm — 3:00 pm 1 COMMAND MODULE COLUMBIA
Learn about the capsule that took Apollo 11 astronauts to the Moon and back, with Space History curator Allan Needell.
Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
1st Floor
10:00 am — 12:00 pm 1 EARTH/MOON ANALOGS
See how ground penetrating radar at Meteor Crater in Arizona helps us study lunar impacts, with planetary scientist Patrick Russell.
Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
1st Floor
10:00 am — 3:00 pm 2 ROBOT EXPLORERS
Test your skills as you maneuver a robotic rover or collect samples with a robotic arm. A hands-on activity with small robots.
Welcome Center
1st Floor
12:20 pm, 3:30 pm
and 6:00 pm
3 MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION: WALKING ON THE MOON 3-D
Special showings of the Imax film produced and narrated by Tom Hanks. Regular ticket prices apply.
Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater
1st Floor
10:00 am — 12:00 pm
and 1:00 pm — 3:00 pm
4 LUNAR DUST
Apollo astronauts found lunar dust clinging everywhere. On future planetary exploration will dust be a resource, an annoyance, or a hazard? Learn all about dust on the lunar surface and above, with NASA planetary scientist Sarah Noble.
Space Race gallery
1st Floor
12:00 pm — 3:00 pm
4 IMAGES OF THE MOON IN 3-D
View the lunar surface in 3-D with red/blue glasses.
Space Race gallery
1st Floor
10:00 am — 1:00 pm
4 REGIONAL PLANETARY IMAGE FACILITY
Learn about the Museum' s RPIF, a NASA-funded archive of planetary imagery.
Space Race gallery
1st Floor
10:00 am — 3:00 pm
4 LUNAR ART!
A Moon-themed art activity for kids.
Space Race gallery
1st Floor
10:00 am — 12:00 pm
4 RACE TO THE MOON
Hear about the 1960s Space Race, with planetary scientist Ross Irwin.
Space Race gallery
1st Floor
11:30 am and 1:30 pm 5 LUNAR QUIZ SHOW
A fun game hosted by Master of Ceremonies Ethan Ebinger.
Looking at Earth gallery
1st Floor
1:00 pm — 2:00 pm 6 OVER THE MOON WITH LRO
Hear about the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission with LRO Science Team member Tom Watters.
Moving Beyond Earth gallery
1st Floor
10:00 am — 3:00 pm 7 LUNAR TRAVEL GUIDE
Learn about the features of the face of the Moon, with planetary scientists Maria Banks, Katie Daud, and Michelle Selvans.
Apollo to the Moon gallery
2nd Floor
10:00 am — 12:00 pm 7 SPACESUITS
See a spacesuit close-up and learn how spacesuit technology has changed through time, with Space History curator Cathy Lewis.
Apollo to the Moon gallery
2nd Floor
10:00 am — 11:30 am
and 1:00 pm — 3:00 pm
7 MOON ROCKS
Learn about the types of rocks that were collected by the Apollo astronauts, with planetary scientists Jim Zimbelman and John Grant.
Apollo to the Moon gallery
2nd Floor
11:00 am 9 LUNAR STORY TIME
Story time for youngsters.
Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight gallery
2nd Floor
10:30 am 8 FLYING TO THE MOON
A planetarium presentation with planetary scientist Michelle Selvans.
Albert Einstein Planetarium
2nd Floor