Lunar Day

July 20, 2019

The countdown begins!

Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon with a jam-packed day of programming taking place throughout the Museum. Participate in hands-on activities, enjoy demos and lightning talks, watch moon “movies” on our big screen, and have the rare chance to see a moon rock on loan from NASA. On view, will be a special display of Apollo related artifacts. (See schedule below.)

We are especially thrilled to welcome the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) Restoration Team to the Museum, and see the results of their multi-year effort to restore the AGC #14 used for ground testing and man-rating of the Lunar Module in Houston. Unless you are an Apollo astronaut or part of the team that worked on the AGC and its software, this is the first time ever, to see this computer in action! A display will be open all day, and presentations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will allow for a deeper dive into how the computer works, and the challenges of restoring it.

From 1-3:00 p.m. the Museum will offer special displays and short talks that highlight current research in space with guests from the MIT Haystack Observatory, the MIT Media Lab’s Space Group, and MIT AeroAstro.

That evening, join us for Moon Shots, a 21+ over-the-moon event with special guests, special spirits, and special activities.  

We look forward to seeing you for lift-off. 


10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Moon rock display
10:45 a.m. Intro to the Apollo Guidance Computer
11 a.m. Apollo Guidance Computer Presentation (limited seating)
12 - 4 p.m. Idea Hub: Exoplanet Explorers 
1 - 3 p.m. One Giant Leap: Hands-on activities​
Activities include:
Apollo Navigation System, Binary Beads, Rover Drop Engineering Challenge, Martian Rovers, Haystack Observatory, and Apollo Software
​1:15 - 2:30 p.m. Lightning Talks
​Talks by Anthea Coster, Assistant Director, Haystack Observatory, Satellite Observations on Earth Atmosphere; Hugh Blair-Smith, former Software Engineer for the Apollo Guidance Computer, MIT Instrumentation Laboratory; Debbie Douglas, Director of Collections, MIT Museum; Colin Lonsdale, Director, Haystack Observatory, Blackholes
2 p.m. Apollo Guidance Computer Presentation (limited seating)
5 p.m.  Museum closing early

View schedule for Moon Shots, our evening program, beginning at 6:30 p.m.