Moon Day 2018

at the Museum » Saturday, July 21, 2018 » 10AM – 4PM

Moon Day honors previous space flight accomplishments and focuses on current and future activities in space exploration.
This year our STEM-focused event also celebrates the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Apollo VII mission and includes exhibits, programs, and classes for all ages. Moon Day is presented in collaboration with the National Space Society of North Texas.

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AVII 2018 BrandApollo VII 50th Anniversary Sneak Preview

On October 11, 1968, NASA launched the APOLLO VII mission. It was the first manned Apollo flight to go into space and the three-man crew – Commander Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Command Module Pilot Donn F. Eisele and Lunar Module Pilot Col. Walter Cunningham – paved the way for America’s Moon landing less than a year later.
On October 20, 2018, we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary!
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Omni GlobeExplore the Universe with OmniGlobe®

NEW!  The Museum’s temporary OmniGlobe® exhibit is an incredible interactive opportunity to view the Moon, Earth, planets, and stars in many scenarios. See the weather patterns of hurricanes and tsunamis on Earth, cloud movements on Jupiter, the topography of Venus, or track aircraft flight patterns around the globe. The 60-inch globe developed by ARC Science includes over 1,200 programs. This unique interactive learning tool is fun for kids of all ages!

Lunar SamplesLunar Samples from NASA

NEW! Between 1969 and 1972 six Apollo missions brought back 382 kilograms (842 pounds) of lunar rocks, core samples, pebbles, sand and dust from the lunar surface. View part of NASA’s special collection of lunar soil returned from the Moon.

Moon Academy, Lunar University and Teacher Professional Development

Moon Day features numerous educational presentations by subject area experts for students and adults in our Moon Academy and  Lunar University. Go to the Moon Day Activity Guide for scheduled times.

Moon Academy Classes:
for school-aged children

  • Star Hopping
    Billye Cheek, Texas Astronomical Society Of Dallas
  • The MOON: A little history, the Apollo program, and Real Moon Rocks
    Chaz Hafey, Brookhaven College
  • Mars Is Closer Than It Appears!
    Kurt Chankaya, Dallas Mars Society
  • NEW! Jr. Astronaut Certification – Do you have what it takes?
    Frontiers of Flight Museum

Lunar UniversityLunar University Classes:
for college level and above

  • The Moon, Asteroids, and Mars: The Future of Space Flight
    Ken Ruffin, Nat’l Space Society
  • New Moon Rising- The Advent of Cislunar Space
    Ken Murphy, Moon Day Founder
  • What if the Moon Didn’t Exist
    Dr. Doug Ingram, Texas Christian University
  • 49 years of Lunar Studies: Returned Lunar Samples to Simulated Moon Dirt
    Dr. James Carter, University Of Texas At Dallas

Teacher DevelopmentTeacher Professional Development Classes:
Teachers can earn up to three hours of Professional Development Credits by attending these programs while learning about engaging activities they can take back to their classrooms.
Moon Day is FREE for all teachers with school ID.

  • Sun, Earth, Moon System
  • Extraterrestrial Weather


*Build and Launch Your Own Model Rocket
10:30AM and 1:00PM

Join our friends at the Dallas Area Rocket Society to build and launch your own model rocket. The classes are in the Museum Model Shop (first floor) at 10:30AM and 1:00PM; then students go on location for the launch.

MoonDayScoutsPromoEarn BSA Merit Badges and GSA Patches

Earn Boy Scouts of America Merit Badges and Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Patches by participating in activities and presentations throughout the day.

Get Free Space “Stuff”

The first 250 young visitors to Moon Day will receive a FREE “Lunar Sample Bag” full of magazines, posters, postcards, stickers, bookmarks, and other space-related items courtesy of Moonlite Printing and Graphics of Carrollton.


**Moon Day is free to Museum members and free to non-members with Museum admission. Free admission for all military families through the Blue Star Museum program. There is a $25 materials fee for Rocket Build and you must register in advance.
Museum admission: $10 Adults | $8 Seniors (65+) | $7 Youths/Students (3-17)  | Children under 3 FREE


Doug Wheelock

Astronaut Douglas Harry “Wheels” Wheelock

Douglas Harry “Wheels” Wheelock is an active NASA Astronaut who has completed four space missions on the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and the Russian Soyuz. The retired Army Colonel has accumulated more than 178 days in space. Wheelock first flew on STS-120 in 2007, and in 2010, he served as a Flight Engineer for Expedition 24 on the International Space Station and Commander for Expedition 25. During Expedition 25, Col. Wheelock conducted three unplanned spacewalks to replace a faulty ammonia pump module. The New York native holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Engineering from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. Join us on Moon Day to hear about his experiences and accomplishments.


Wally Funk

Wally Funk

Pilot/Certified Flight Instructor and Mercury 13 Candidate

How to Fly and Stay Alive!

With over 18,000 hours of flying time, Wally Funk has been flying professionally since 1957 and has taught over 3,000 students how to fly.  She was a civilian flight instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, the first female Federal Aviation Agency inspector, and the first female air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board. 

In the early 1960s, Wally was the youngest of a group known as the “Mercury 13” and is featured in the recent Netflix documentary about the group of women who went through the same training regimen at the Lovelace Clinic as America’s original Mercury 7 astronauts.  The women performed as well or better than the male astronauts, but the program was never an official NASA project and they were not selected for space flight.  She will talk about her experiences in aviation, The “Mercury 13” project, and life afterwards.

Dr. Rhiannon Mayne

They Come from Outer Space!

Dr. Rhiannon Mayne is the Oscar and Juanita Monnig Endowed Chair of Meteoritics and Planetary Science at Texas Christian University. She is responsible for the curation of the Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Collection, one of the world’s largest university-based meteorite collections. Her primary research interest is the evolution of planetary bodies during the early history of our solar system. Dr. Mayne will talk about the key role meteorites play in understanding our solar system and how and where we find them.

Previously, Dr. Mayne was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. She earned a B.Sc. Hons. in geology from Edinburgh University and her Ph.D. from The University of Tennessee.

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Dozens of exhibitors will feature space-related displays, robotic demonstrations, monitoring satellite transmissions, actual meteorite samples, hands-on activities, and more. 

  • Amateur Radio in Space (AMSAT) 
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Apollo VII Spacecraft
  • Circle Ten Council STEM Scouts Mobile Laboratory
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Dallas Area Rocket Society
  • Dallas Society of Women Engineers
  • DFW LEGO® Users Group
  • F-35 Flight Simulator—Lockheed Martin
  • Flight Test Range—Lockheed Martin
  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas 
  • Highlights from America’s Space Program – NASA Images
  • ISS Science and Research—Johnson Space Center
  • LEGO® Bricks NASA Spacecraft Models
    —Lia Chan
  • Lunar and Meteorite Samples from NASA—Frontiers of Flight Museum 
  • Mars Rover—The Mars Society
  • Mathnasium
  • Kelley Miller—Solar System Ambassador
  • National Space Society of North Texas
  • OmniGlobe®—EarthX
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science TECH Truck 
  • Radio Science—Dallas Amateur Radio Club
  • Society of Experimental
    Test Pilots
  • Society of Flight Test Engineers
  • Solar Powered Radios—Lockheed Martin
  • Space Food—
  • SPOC (Space Portal Odyssey Capsule) —Frontiers of
    Flight Museum 
  • Starship USS Joshua
  • STEM Institute—Dallas County Community College District
  • Texas Astronomical Society
    of Dallas
  • TCU Monnig Meteorite Gallery
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Visions of the Universe – Frontiers of Flight Museum

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