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School Break Activities - Apollo Earthrise Celebration

December 26 through January 1, 12-4 pm
School Break Activities - Apollo Earthrise Celebration

Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered the lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. That evening the astronauts snapped the first image of their view of Earth, dubbed Earthrise. This was the first time in history anyone has seen Earth from such a breathtaking view!

To celebrate this out-of-this-world achievement in art and space exploration, join us at the Cradle of Aviation Museum during the holiday school recess, December 26th through January 1st from 12 – 4 PM to learn about the Apollo missions, the astronauts, and this historic photograph. Once they’ve learned about our lunar neighbor in our new exhibit, Space: A Journey to Our Future, young visitors to the museum will have the chance to experiment with perspective and create their own “Earthrise” at the Family Activity Station in the Atrium.

Next to the Family Activity Station in the Atrium, you can catch 'Earthrise', a new 30 min documentary film that is playing on a loop in our little theater. Earthrise tells the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and memories and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space. This iconic image had a powerful impact on the astronauts and the world, offering a perspective that transcended national, political, and religious boundaries. Told 50 years later, Earthrise compels us to remember this shift and to reflect on the Earth as a shared home.

• Learn about the Apollo program in our new exhibit, Space: A Journey to Our Future
• Create your own 'Earthrise' family activity
• Watch the 'Earthrise' documentary

Family craft activity is from 12:00-4:00 pm, new exhibit and Earthrise film are open from 9:30-5:00 and all FREE with museum admission.