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July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, NASA’s first successful attempt to land a man on the Moon and return him safely back to Earth. To commemorate the anniversary, The Discovery is celebrating the past, present and future of space exploration with “One Giant Leap” (Un salto giganté), a summer filled with space-themed activities and a brand new exhibition titled Sun, Earth, Universe.
The Discovery’s One Giant Leap celebration includes a variety of hands-on, space-themed activities in The Shop and Spark!Lab Smithsonian, the new Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition, as well as visiting scientists and special presentations happening through August 9, 2019. For a complete list of everything that’s happening this summer, visit our calendar of events.
The Discovery’s Under the Stars gallery is now home to an exciting new exhibition titled Sun, Earth, Universe! Sun, Earth, Universe explores our planet, the solar system, the universe, and the BIG questions scientists at NASA are trying to answer about each. Packed with engaging, hands-on interactive exhibits and dazzling imagery, this exhibition connects visitors with current NASA research and launches them on a journey to explore the universe!
Visit The Discovery’s Spark!Lab Smithsonian to explore the variety of ways space excites our imaginations and compels us to venture into the unknown. Activities and interpretive text will help visitors get acquainted with some of NASA’s hidden figures, debunk space myths from popular movies, and be introduced to the space innovation happening right here in Nevada.
Check out displays of space technology from Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) including a scale model of the Dream Chaser® a multi-mission space utility vehicle designed for transporting crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit (LEO) destinations such as the International Space Station (ISS), and the “VEGGIE,” cutting-edge space garden equipment currently in use on the ISS. Photo credit: NASA.