How will Clear Lake celebrate lunar landing?
Thursday, July 9: Free Community Night Voyage at Space Center Houston. Hands-on activities include building a telescope, making a moon rock and painting a planet. Saturn V tours with historians, talks in the moon rock vault, planetarium shows and more. 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Learn more from Space Center Houston.
Saturday, July 18: Fly Me to the Moon at UH-Clear Lake . Watch the first lunar landing on a giant inflatable screen, star gaze with telescopes guided by astronomers, enjoy a 1969 family-style picnic. Games, entertainment and NASA notables. Free, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in UHCL's Alumni Plaza and Liberty Park. Call for 281-283-2021 for more info.
Sunday, July 19: Lunar Communion. Buzz Aldrin took communion on the moon, a ritual that is remembered every year at the church where Aldrin was a deacon and where the small chalice that Aldrin used now resides. On the program this year is Joseph Haydn's Creation Mass, The Heavens are Telling, and hymns like God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens. 11 a.m. at Webster Presbyterian Church, 201 W. NASA Parkway.
Friday, July 24: Apollo 11 First Footprints Splashdown at Space Center Houston. Hot dogs, MoonPies, music featuring The Rockit Scientists and appearances by Apollo-era speakers. Wear your Apollo 11 commemorative t-shirt or dress as if it's the 1960s. Exhibits will be open, including the Cinema of George Lucas. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 24. Cost. $11, children 4 and under free. Learn more from Space Center Houston.
SPACE FEST AT DISCOVERY GREEN
Willing to drive into Houston? Discovery Green, NASA and Rice University have four days of festivities planned at the downtown park across from the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Friday, July 17: First up is Max Q, a rock band made up of astronauts. Afterward, see the film In the Shadow of the Moon.
Saturday, July 18: See Tom Hanks in Apollo 13.
Sunday, July 19: Record your memories of the race to the moon and your hopes for future space adventures at the Wish Wall. Explore the Discovery Dome, a mobile planetarium.
Monday, July 20: Visitors can touch a 3-billion-year-old moon rock at NASA's Driven To Explore mobile exhibit. Music by El Orbits and the American Fine Arts Youth Organization. An appearance by Cirque du Soleil perfromers. Original news footage of the moon landing and John F. Kennedy's famous speech at Rice University proclaiming that America would go to the moon. It's free.
Get details as they become available at www.discoverygreen.com.
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