Chasing the Moon Day

Event Details

Date: July 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 am—8:00 pm
Location: Museum of York County

Event Description:

10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.  •  50th Anniversary Apollo 11 Blast Off
5-4-3-2-1 BLAST OFF! The first astronauts to walk on the Moon blasted off 50 years ago today. Launch mini-rockets,taste astronaut food, and so much more This is one trip you will not want to miss. Space is limited; first come, first served.

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  •  Moon Rock, Meteorites and Model Rocketry Static Display
See a piece of the Moon! Dr. Cassandra Runyon will exhibit a moon rock and two meteorites which have hit Earth – one from Mars and one from the moon. Dr. Runyon is director of NASA South Carolina Space Grant Consortium, and will also answer questions guests may have. The Central Carolina Rocketry Club, which will be firing model rockets from Dutchman Creek Middle School at 12:22 pm, will also have a static display in the classroom and be able to answer guests' questions.

12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.  •  Central Carolina Rocketry Club model rocket launch
The Central Carolina Rocketry Club will be launching their model rockets at 12:22 PM at Dutchman Creek Middle School. Museum guests can walk or drive across Museum Road to get to the launch site. This launch is part of the Global  Rocket Launch initiated by the the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. 

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  •  CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story
This planetarium program showcases the achievements of the Apollo missions and what it took to put the humans on the Moon. Learn about the immense challenges that were overcome to get there.

3 p.m. and 7 p.m.  •  Chasing the Moon screening and reception
Museum of York County is partnering with South Carolina ETV and the ETV Endowment of South Carolina to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.  A special “Chasing the Moon” screening event is planned for July 16 in the museum’s Settlemyre Planetarium. Registration is required for the 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. “Chasing the Moon” screening event. 

Guest speakers: Major General Charles Bolden and Dr. Varsha P. Kulkarni will be available for comments and a meet-&-greet reception with light refreshments in the classroom (setup TBD) following the two extended screeners. Bolden is a former NASA administrator and renowned astronaut. Dr. Varsha P. Kulkarni is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Runyon and Rev. Dr. Snyder will be on hand to present the moon rock & meteorites and answer questions from attendees. Registration is free with general museum admission; space is limited. Register here.