​​Apollo 50 - Next Giant Leap

"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Help us celebrate the anniversary of one of mankind's greatest achievements! During the Apollo program of the 1960s and '70s, NASA sent nine missions to the Moon. Six of them landed astronauts safely on the surface, the only time humans have visited another planetary body. July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the FIRST humans landing on the Moon in 1969, as part of NASA's Apollo 11 lunar mission and there are so many ways to celebrate!


July 19-20: Apollo 11 Anniversary Celebration at Great Lakes Science Center

Join us and NASA's Glenn Research Center for two days of space exploration! Get hands-on with Science Center special programming and explore NASA Glenn's Graphics and Visualization Lab, along with real Apollo mission artifacts! Free with general admission.

Apollo Chat
NASA Glenn Visitor Center, Explore Gallery, Level 1
Time: 10:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m.
Meet our moon rock and learn more about our Apollo capsule, lunar missions, and properties of the moon as we investigate the lunar landscape and imagine living on the surface of the moon. Be sure to check out our Mission to STEM app (iOS only) or borrow an iPad from the box office to explore the NASA Glenn Visitor Center in more detail.

Chemistry and Combustion Show
Cleveland Creates Zone, Level 1
Time 12:15 p.m.
Chemistry comes to life as potential energy becomes sound, light, and excitement in this high energy show full of color, chemistry and combustion.

NASA's Glenn Research Center's Graphics and Visualization Lab (GVIS)
Location: Wintergarden, Lower Level
Time: Noon-3 p.m.
Strap on a headset or watch others as we explore the augmented and virtual reality technology GVIS uses at NASA's Glenn Visitor Center for the visualization of scientific data, engineering analysis, and mission scenarios. Be sure to find out what we learned from a walk on the moon!

NASA's Glenn Research Center Engineering Activities
Location: Wintergarden, Lower Level
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Neil Armstrong's steps on the moon fifty years ago was one for the history books. Stop by to learn more about Apollo, Armstrong's trip to the moon, and Artemis - NASA's plan to return to the moon's surface. Celebrate with us by building foam rockets, learning about trajectory, or constructing your own version of the Orion spacecraft!

NASA Astronaut, Douglas H. Wheelock
Location: Auditorium, Lower Level
Time: July 19 only, 11 a.m.
Chat with a veteran astronaut with 178 days in space accumulated during one space shuttle flight and two expeditions to the International Space Station! Don't miss Wheelock's special presentation followed by audience Q & A.

Legacy of Apollo: The Greatest Leap
Location: Discover Stage, NASA Glenn Visitor Center, Level 1
Time: 1:15 p.m.
Join our STEM Educators as we embark on our own journey of exploration on a trip through history as we chronicle the early days of spaceflight during the Apollo space program, including the Apollo 11 mission to the moon! Be sure to stick around to learn about our current and future plans for human spaceflight.

Lift Off Big Science Show
Cleveland Creates Zone, Level 1
Time: 2:15 p.m.
The first step in exploring space is getting off the ground. Watch in wonder as we explore the forces and fuel that make landing on the moon possible in this explosively fun demonstration.

Return to the Moon Engineering Challenges
Location: Demonstration Labs, Level 2
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Begin your training to join the next class of astronauts! You'll take on engineering and design challenges that will help you reach new heights. Design your own space helmet to protect you from harsh atmospheres, engineer and test rockets, and prepare to launch as you take aim for our lunar target.

3D Printer Cart
Location: BioMed Tech Gallery, Level 1
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Learn how technology makes living in space possible as we 3D print miniature rockets and space tools.

Vacuum of Space Cart Activity
Location: NASA Glenn Visitor Center, Level 1
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
How would the atmosphere of the moon or Mars affect life? Learn how Earth's atmosphere compares to space and how living on another planet might be different.

NASA Broadcast Launch
Location: Discover Stage, NASA Glenn Visitor Center, Level 1
Time: 11 a.m.
A multinational crew of space travelers, including NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station on Saturday, July 20. NASA Television will provide live coverage of the crew's launch! Catch it broadcasting at our Discover Stage!

Picture Yourself in Space
Special Exhibition Foyer, Lower Level
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Pose for the camera for your own souvenir photo to take home with you as an astronaut!

EVA
Keep your eyes peeled for our larger-than-life inflatable astronaut and stop by to say hello and pose for a picture!

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** Due to the excessive heat, the Mather will be closed on July 19 and 20 in order to ensure the safety and health of our staff and visitors. The Science Center and the DOME Theater are OPEN at regular operating hours (including all Apollo programming on this page). **


Summer 2019: Cuyahoga County Public Library Speaker Series

Join Great Lakes Science Center for "Legacy of Apollo: The Greatest Leap," a special presentation about the historic Apollo space program, including the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Audiences will join our STEM Educator as we embark on our own journey of exploration while chronicling the early days of spaceflight, the tragedies, the triumphs and lessons learned. We will conclude the presentation with questions and discussion about the future plans for human spaceflight.

July 18 @ 7 p.m. Brecksville 9089 Brecksville Road, Brecksville
July 20 @ 11 a.m. Mayfield 500 SOM Center Road, Mayfield
August 21 @ 7 p.m. Chagrin Falls 100 East Orange Street, Chagrin Falls

Help your child explore the Apollo 11 mission!

Do you remember the first time your child noticed the moon? Like, noticed that up in the sky there was an object floating in the middle of it that no one else seemed to be bothered by? Capture that same awe and wonder of the moon and skies with our easy Apollo 11 guide for kids!

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APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition at the DOME Theater

Timed to the 50th anniversary of NASA's celebrated Apollo 11 mission, APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition is a thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind's first steps on the moon. In this special giant-screen edition of Todd Douglas Miller's critically acclaimed Apollo 11 documentary, the filmmakers reconstruct the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of this historic mission using never-before-seen footage and audio recordings!

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To the Moon and Back

We are proud to announce that Great Lakes Science Center is a featured stop on the Ohio.org road trip: "To the Moon and Back Experience!" This customized road trip celebrates the pioneering spirit of flight and the awe-inspiring vastness of space at hands-on museums, science centers and observatories honoring the innovation of men and women determined to go to the moon and back.

Find out more information, here.


Don't forget to explore our galleries, interactive exhibits and fascinating artifacts in our  NASA Glenn Visitor Center open year-round.