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Moon Day honors previous space flight accomplishments and focuses on current and future activities in space exploration.
Our STEM-focused event, with an anticipated audience of 2,000 visitors, includes programs and classes for all ages.
Moon Day is presented in collaboration with the
National Space Society of North Texas.
Sponsored by BealBank_Logo_Blue_533C_Large

Hear the KLTY interview with Museum Director Bruce Bleakley!

(Except Model Rocket. See below*)


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.
Museum admission: $10 Adults | $8 Seniors (65+) | $7 Youths/Students (3-17)  | Children under 3 FREE


Explore the Galaxy in SPOC, the Museum’s planetarium!

Visit the moon and planets in our solar system, break out of our solar system, and even leave the milky way galaxy! We will have regular viewings throughout the day in our portable planetarium, SPOC (Space Portal Odyssey Capsule).

Classes_WebIconChoose one or more of these fascinating presentations in 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.

Moon Academy Classes: for young students
11:00   Constellations 101

Billye Cheek, Texas Astronomical Society Of Dallas
12:00   The Moon:  History, The Apollo Program, And Real Moon Rocks
Chaz Hafey, Brookhaven College
2:00     Mars Is Closer Than It Appears!
Kurt Chankaya, Dallas Mars Society

Lunar University Classes: for college level and above
11:00   The Moon, Asteroids, And Mars: The Future Of Space Flight
Ken Ruffin, Nat’l Space Society
12:00   Moon 101: Why It Is So Important!
Ken Murphy, Moon Day Founder
1:00     The August 21 Solar Eclipse
Gary Carter, Texas Astronomical Society Of Dallas
2:00     The Moon:  History, The Apollo Program, And Real Moon Rocks
Chaz Hafey, Brookhaven College
3:00     Simulated Lunar Regolith
Dr. James Carter, University Of Texas At Dallas

Teacher Professional Development Classes: for teachers who can earn up to three hours of Professional Development Credits. Moon Day is FREE for all teachers with school ID.
11:00   Exploring Comets
Megan Hunt, Grand Prairie ISD
12:00   Star Classification
Michele Adile, Grand Prairie ISD
3:00     Cosmic Chemistry/the Spectrum
Frontiers of Flight Museum Education Dept.


*Build and Launch Your Own Model Rocket
10:30AM and 1:00PM
Pre-register Now!

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. There is a $25 fee for materials. 

Get A Close-Up Look at the Sun

Explore our nearest star, the Sun, a mere 8 light minutes away, compared to 4.5 light years for the next star, the Alpha Centauri system. We’ll have our SAFE solar telescopes setup and ready to go. Then get prepared for our Solar Eclipse Watch Party on August 21.

MoonDayScoutsPromoEarn BSA and GSA Patches and Merit Badges
All day

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts can earn Patches and Merit Badges 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.

Get a Sneak Preview of our plans for the Apollo VII 50th Anniversary in 2018

On October 11, 1968, NASA launched the APOLLO VII mission – the first manned Apollo flight, with the first American three-man crew to go into space. On October 20, 2018, we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary!


Astronaut Janet Kavandi

Our featured speaker will be Dr. Janet Kavandi, the Director of the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Kavandi is a veteran of three spaceflights as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle – STS-91, STS-99, and STS-104. She has logged more than 33 days in space, traveling more than 13.1 million miles in 535 Earth orbits. Her space flight experience includes missions to both the Russian space station Mir and the International Space Station.

Dr. Kavandi is a Luckadoo Annual Lecture speaker.


How to Find a Falling Star

Ron DiIulio, the Director of the University of North Texas Astronomy (UNT) Laboratory Program and planetarium

Dilulio discusses where meteorites originate, their characteristics, where to best look for them, and shares some surprisingly simple ways to find these space rocks. At the end of his family-oriented program he will present an actual meteorite sample to one lucky member of the audience.

Apollo Pilot: The Memoirs of Donn Eisele

Francis French, book and magazine author specializing in space flight history

The success of the Apollo VII mission allowed America to successfully land on the moon the following year. The Command Module Pilot of this mission, the late Donn Eisele, has however been all but forgotten. Space historian Francis French made a remarkable discovery – Eisele’s unpublished memoirs – tucked in the back of his widow’s closet. Having published them in his book Apollo Pilot, French will vividly describe the personality of the man who flew a vital but controversial mission in the spacecraft now on display in the Museum’s Space Flight Gallery. One member of the audience will receive a free copy of Mr. French’s book.

MOON DAY 2017 is sponsored by


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

American Institute of Aeronautics
  and Astronautics
Amateur Satellite Radio
Beal Bank Dallas Regional
  Science & Engineering Fair
Circle Ten Boy Scouts of America 
Civil Air Patrol   
Dallas Amateur Radio Club 
Dallas Area Rocket Society 
Dallas Mars Society
Dallas Personal Robotics Group
Dallas Society of Women
DFW LEGO Users Group
Exchange Club of Dallas
Ft. Worth Museum of Science &
  History Noble Planetarium
Ft. Worth Society of Women
Frontiers of Flight Museum SPOC
  (Space Portal Odyssey Capsule)
  Inflatable Planetarium
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas  
ISS Science and Research –
  Johnson Space Center
Lockheed Martin
Mathnasium at Coit and Campbell
Kelley Miller, Solar System
The Moon Society
National Society of Black
National Space Society of
  North Texas 
Perot Museum of Nature and
Society of Experimental
  Test Pilots 
Society of Flight Test Engineers
Starship USS Joshua
TCU Monnig Meteorite Gallery 
Texas Astronomical Society
  of Dallas
Texas Parks and Wildlife

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