Apollo Anniversary & Cosmic 5K
Join us for a fun-filled daylong celebration of the Apollo Moon landing's 50th Anniversary
From 10 am–5 pm on Saturday, July 20, the Bell hosts a fun-filled daylong celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, both commemorating the past and looking forward to a promising new era of inspiration, innovation, and discovery. With events inside and out, enjoy an array of Moon-related activities.
5K & Kids Fun Run
The Cosmic 5K kicks off at 8 am, followed by the Space Dash kids fun run at 9:15 am. The 5K starts at the Bell Museum and runs through the St. Paul campus—keep your eye out for the Collections and other CFANS classic buildings that help make the Bell great. After the race concludes, enter your little ones in the Space Dash, a fun run around the field adjacent to the Bell Museum. Kids fun run age limited to 12 years and younger.
Lunar Sample Disk
Hold tiny Moon racks in your hands! On loan from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, the six-inch disk contains three samples each of lunar rock and lunar soil encapsulated in clear Lucite. The samples come from six different missions between 1969 and 1972 and include a wide variety of rock and soil types. You can see bits of ancient lava flows, soil from sites across the Moon, and volcanic ash from a lunar eruption 3.5 billion years ago.
One Giant Leap
The Bell Museum’s new original planetarium production premiers June 8 and runs all summer long, putting audiences on the surface of the Moon with Neil Armstrong by transforming archival recordings of the Moon landing into a 360 experience.
Get a close look at NASA artifacts like the Teflon-coated pants Commander James A. McDivitt wore aboard the Apollo 9 Command Module in 1969; a handheld wireless radio that has been to outer space and back; and a pieces of spacesuits including a glove, shoe insert, and “Snoopy cap” (official name: Communication Carrier Assembly Hood).