at the Museum » Saturday, July 16, 2016 » 10am – 5pm
The 47th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11,
the NASA mission that led to the first human footsteps on the Moon

Moon Day is free with Museum admission. There is a $25 materials fee for Rocket Build.
Museum admission: $10 Adults | $8 Seniors (65+) | $7 Youths/Students (3-17)  | Children under 3 FREE

ISS_Astronaut_WebIconJoin us for TALK LIVE to the International Space Station! 10:30 am

A select group of Dallas-area students will ask their questions to ISS Expedition 48 Commander Jeffrey Williams in the Hamilton Family Auditorium (mezzanine level).


ISS Expedition 48 Crew Jeffrey Williams, Aleksey Ovchinin, and Oleg Skripochka

Classes_WebIconChoose fascinating presentations from our “Moon Academy” or “Lunar University”
Beginning at 11:00 am

Moon Day features numerous educational presentations by subject area experts in our “Moon Academy” for young students and our “Lunar University” for college level and above.  DISD Educators can receive Continuing Education Credits for attendance at Lunar University classes.

Rockets_WebIconModel Rockets
Build at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm;
Launch at 3:00 pm

Join our friends at the Dallas Area Rocket Society to build and launch your own rocket. $25 fee for materials. In the Museum Model Shop (first floor)

MustangMinute_SMUPhysics2015The SMU Quarknet Physics Circus
2:00 pm, 2:45 pm, and 3:30 pm

Don’t miss one of these three presentations of fascinating demonstrations and lessons in physics from the Southern Methodist University Physics Department.

MoonDayScoutsPromoMore highlights for all!
All day

  • Explore an inflatable planetarium
  • Get inside a Russian space suit
  • Check out the Sun’s surface with a SAFE solar telescope
  • Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts can earn Patches and Merit Badges through activities and presentations
  • More than 36 exhibitors will feature scientific, space-related displays, robotic demonstrations, actual meteorite samples, and activities
  • Lunar sample bags will be given to the first 250 young visitors courtesy of Moonlite Printing and Graphics of Carrollton
  • Visitors will also receive a FREE “Astronaut Snack Pack” courtesy of Kroger®, with space-themed goodies such as Sunkist® Fruit Snacks, Star Crunch®, and Lunar Bars®, while supplies last.”
  • Hosting 2 Pokémon Go Gyms, 4 Pokéstops and a plethora of Pokémon
  • 2015-bms-logoFREE ADMISSION for all military families through the Blue Star Museum program

12:30 pm

Our featured speaker will be Col. Walt Cunningham, Lunar Module Pilot of the Apollo 7 mission and the sole surviving crew member.*
The Apollo 7 crew of Walt Cunningham, Donn Eisele and Walter Schirra flew the first manned flight of the Apollo Program from October 11 to 22, 1968. Walt, the only remaining crew member, will talk about the incredible accomplishments of the Apollo Program. The Apollo 7 Command Module is on display at the Museum, on loan from The National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

*Col. Cunningham’s presentation is a non-autograph event, but autographed copies of his book, The All-American Boys, are available in the Museum Store.WaltCunningham_A7Launch_crop

In 1968, Apollo 7, the first Saturn vehicle to carry a crew into space, launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Here, lunar module pilot Walter Cunningham writes with a space pen as he performs flight tasks on the ninth day of the mission.

Moon Day honors previous space flight accomplishments and focuses on current and future activities in space exploration as well. Our STEM-focused event, with an anticipated audience of 2,000 visitors, will include programs and classes for all ages. Moon Day is presented jointly by the Museum and the National Space Society of North Texas.

MOON DAY 2016 is sponsored by


Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science & Engineering Fair
Boy Scout Circle 10 Council
Civil Air Patrol
Dallas Amateur Radio Club
Dallas Area Rocket Society
Dallas Mars Society
Dallas Personal Robotics Group
Dallas Society of Women Engineers
DFW LEGO User’s Group

EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc.
Fort Worth Museum of Science & History’s Noble Planetarium
Fort Worth Society of Women Engineers
Girl Scouts of NE Texas
International Dark Skies Association—Texas
Johnson Space Center ISS Outreach
Kelley Miller—Solar System Ambassador
Lockheed Martin
Mathasium @ Coit and Campbell
National Society of Black Engineers
National Space Society of North Texas
Skyline Aeronautics Dept. Exploring Post 93
Society of Experimental Text Pilots
Society of Flight Test Engineers
TCU Monnig Meteorite Gallery
Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
Texas Instruments
Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.