Edelman Planetarium celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 with activities for entire family

Edelman Planetarium celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 with activities for entire family


The Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the NASA flight that landed the first people on the Moon, with several events that mark the historic event.

They are:

“Hidden Figures,” July 19, 8:30 p.m.

Three brilliant African-American women at NASA—Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) —serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the space race and galvanized the world.

Seating is limited. Reserve your tickets here or at https://marketplace.rowanonline.com/store/events/listings/25022.

Apollo 11 Landing Celebration, July 20, 2 p.m. to Midnight

The full-day festival will feature free planetarium shows, a free screening of the biopic “First Man,” hands-on activities and more. This event is open to the public. While tickets for all shows are free, they are required. They may be picked up at the welcome table in front of Science Hall on the day of the event.

Hands-on activities will be ongoing from 2 to 7 p.m.

  • Study how craters are formed via a Moon Craters activity
  • Observe the Moon through a telescope with a Hide and Seek Moon activity
  • Make Stomp Rockets
  • Create a take-home solar system during the Pocket Solar System activity
  • Look for sunspots on the Sun through solar telescopes (weather permitting)

The Planetarium will offer free shows throughout the day. Descriptions of each show follow. Find showtimes here or at https://sites.rowan.edu/planetarium/specialevents/index.html#schedule.

“CAPCOM GO!”—An immersive, historical documentary that showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon. It introduces a new generation to the immense challenges the team overcame and will inspire them to become the explorers, designers, engineers, thinkers and dreamers of the future.

“Back to the Moon for Good”—People finally are returning to the Moon! This is not science fiction: it’s happening now. Teams from around the world are competing for the Google Lunar X Prize, to be awarded to the first non-governmental organization to land on the Moon. The show, narrated by actor Tim Allen, introduces viewers to the hundreds of men and women who are involved in this exciting contest. The benefits of exploring and utilizing this new world, the valuable resources waiting to be tapped and the unsolved mysteries still to be solved all will be portrayed in the powerful immersive visual environment of the Edelman Planetarium theater.

“First Man”—Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for the story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong's perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history. Rated PG-13

“Laser Dark Side of the Moon”—[Explicit] Edelman Planetarium's laser light shows uses a new state-of-the-art projection system from Laser Fantasy to showcase Pink Floyd’s music. This includes “Speak to Me” “Breathe,” “On the Run,” “Time,” “Breathe (Reprise)” and more.

Visit the 4th floor Observatory from 8:30 p.m. to midnight for views of the night sky through Rowan telescopes (weather permitting).

Detailed Schedule of Shows

2:20 p.m.—“CAPCOM GO!”

3 p.m.—“Back to the Moon for Good”

3:40 p.m.—“CAPCOM GO!”

4:20 p.m.—“Back to the Moon for Good”

5 p.m.—“CAPCOM GO!”

5:40 p.m.—“Back to the Moon for Good”

7 p.m.—“First Man”

10 p.m.—“Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon”

“Apollo 13,” July 21, 4:30 p.m.

The planetarium continues its celebration of the Apollo missions with a free screening of “Apollo 13.” 

This Hollywood drama is based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, during which astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) find everything going according to plan after leaving Earth's orbit. However, when an oxygen tank explodes, the scheduled moon landing is called off. Subsequent tensions within the crew and numerous technical problems threaten the astronauts'  safe return to Earth and their very survival.

Seating is limited. Reserve your tickets here or at https://marketplace.rowanonline.com/store/events/listings/25019.

Public events this summer in the Planetarium will be preceded by Apollo: 50 Years of Innovation, a short film commemorating the historic mission made by Rowan University Radio, Television & Film students. View the film on YouTube.