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One Giant Leap

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to walk on the moon. We are celebrating this momentous achievement by holding moon-related events throughout the summer.

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Featuring Be the Astronaut Exhibit

Now through Sept. 2

In “Be the Astronaut” flight school, you’ll be able to experience realistic simulations of leaving the Earth’s atmosphere and exploring the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and the dwarf planet Ceres.

Using state-of-the-art video game technology, your training will take you on an interactive journey throughout the Solar System.

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Special Activities All Summer Long

There’s always something fun and exciting to do at the Science Center, no matter what day you visit! Check out these great activities happening all summer!

Shuttle Blake
Shuttle Blake was converted from a military bus to a half-scale replica of the NASA Space Shuttle Challenger. For more than 20 years it has served as a mobile classroom, teaching students about space travel. Don’t miss your chance to see this one-of-a-kind creation up-close.

Apollo 11 Virtual Reality*
Join Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on their historic journey to the Moon in July 1969! You’ll launch, orbit, and explore in this virtual reality adventure, featuring historically accurate detailing and soundbites from the Apollo 11 crew themselves.
*Virtual Reality will be available on weekends

Space Missions in Leo’s Creativity Studio
Experience space-themed activities in Leo’s Creativity Studio. Activities include Stomp Rockets, Space Exploration Marble Maze, and Lunar Lander.

Make an IMPACT Crater
Step up to our Make an Impact Crater table and simulate a meteorite’s impact on the surface of the moon. Drop different objects at various heights and angles of impact to discover how meteorites make an impression on the moon’s surface every day.

Moon Smash! 
Come investigate how many meteorites it took to reduce the Moon’s surface to a fine powder. Experiment with small and large meteorites (balls) to pulverize our simulated surface of the Moon made out of graham crackers!

Moon Landing Anniversary Two Week Celebration

Enjoy these special experiences happening ONLY on the days surrounding the Moon landing anniversary from July 15-27.

Create your own Tide Tool
You’ll be able to make a special tool that helps explain how the Moon affects the tides here on Earth! Take it along on your next beach trip and explore some astronomy by the sea. (The Tide Tool project is included with your admission and available in Leo’s Creativity Studio for these two weeks only, while supplies last.)

Plus, an appearance from some very special guests that you won’t want to miss!

Celebrating 50 Years on the Moon

We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing with even MORE special activities on July 20, the actual anniversary! 

  • General Admission from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: $14.95.
  • Extended hours from 5-10 p.m.: $5 admission.
  • Guests paying the General Admission price can stay for the extended hours.

Daytime Events

Lecture from Dr. David Buckley, Dept. of Physics, East Stroudsburg University 1 p.m.
How We Did It!: The Physics and Technology of Going to the Moon

Meteorite Meet & Greet with Craig Daniel of Science Rocks!
See some cool artifacts up close!

Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society
Experts will present an outdoor telescope display and solar viewing (weather permitting).

Experience the Moon Landing
Don’t miss a screening of the archival television broadcast of the original Moon landing on July 20, 1969.

Vince’s Cheesesteaks
Food will be available for purchase from Vince’s Cheesesteaks food truck.

Evening Events

Use the Force Show at 7:30 pm
Experience Newton’s three laws of motion in fun and exciting ways. Featured experiments include debunking the magicians’ tablecloth yank trick and breaking a board in half – with a volunteer’s hand.

Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society
Experts will present an outdoor telescope display for night sky viewing (weather permitting).

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