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NASA Takes Oct. 8 Moon Event to an International Level

By SpaceRef Editor
October 5, 2011
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NASA Takes Oct. 8 Moon Event to an International Level

What: On Oct. 8, Earth’s moon will be the focal point of the second “International Observe the Moon Night” event hosted by NASA’s Lunar Quest Program at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Visitors will have the opportunity to listen to presentations about new and exciting scientific discoveries and speak to experts about the physical characteristics of the moon.

The event will include hands-on activities for children and adults, including an inflatable planetarium show that will allow visitors to learn more about the moon and planets in our solar system. Several large amateur telescopes will be set up on the lawn for viewing the moon’s surface in detail. Visitors can also take virtual 3-D trips to the moon aboard a specially equipped hands-on astronomy van, getting a magnified, command-module-like window view of the lunar surface.

International Observe the Moon Night is designed to engage the lunar science and education community, amateur astronomers, space enthusiasts and the general public, allowing them to share in the excitement of new discoveries in lunar science and space exploration.

For more about International Observe the Moon Night, visit:

Who: Dr. Renee Weber and Dr. Barbara Cohen, planetary scientists at the Marshall Center; and Dr. Rob Suggs, Space Environments Team lead and manager of the Lunar Impact Monitoring Project at Marshall

When: Saturday, Oct. 8 Event: 5-8:30 p.m. CDT Interviews with Weber, Cohen and Suggs: 6-8 p.m.

Where: NASA’s Education Training Facility building, next to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and the Huntsville Marriott

To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact Kim Newton in the Marshall Public & Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0371 no later than close of business Oct. 7. Media must report to NASA’s Education Training Facility to participate in the event. Directions: Take Interstate 565 to exit 15 for Madison Pike toward Sparkman Drive/Bob Wallace Avenue. Keep right at the fork, follow signs to the Space & Rocket Center. Take the first left after the Marriott entrance.

SpaceRef staff editor.