ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford’s award-winning Discovery Center Museum joins exhibitions across the country in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission this week.
Getting kids of all ages excited about the anniversary is no problem for Director of Education Corinne Sosso.
“Science started with astronomy, so we’re going there,” she said. “We’re celebrating a huge astronomical feat, that we succeeded in getting to the moon.”
In honor of the first manned mission to land of the moon, the Discovery Center, located at 711 N Main Street, is hosting a program titled, “To the Moon,” which is a special event dedicated to moon maniacs.
“They’re gonna find out that science is amazingly fun,” Sosso continued. “And, so is math. And, so is engineering, ’cause we’re going to do all those things.”
A special exhibit dedicated to Rockford astronaut Janice Voss is part of the event. Voss flew on five Space Shuttle missions, spending a total of 49 days in space.
Sosso wants children to learn about Voss and the future of space exploration.
“This is the 50th anniversary, and our next stop is the moon again! We’re going to set up a base on the moon, Artemis. It’s going to get there and from there, we’re going to explore the rest of our solar system,” she said.
In Greek mythology, Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo, and goddess of the Moon. Artemis is the name of NASA’s program to return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024.
“We’re taking that little step to the moon so we can take a bigger step onto Mars,” Sosso said.
The Discovery Center’s “Too the Moon” event runs Friday, July 19th from 11 a.m .to 3:30 p.m. and is included with museum admission.