Saturday 20 July, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first time humans walked on the Moon.
This remarkable event was a watershed in human history and a technological achievement of astounding proportions: the mission went to the Moon and back with less computing power than a modern smart phone.
Celebrate this feat of human ambition and ingenuity with our special event featuring expert talks, Planetarium shows, VR experiences of the ISS, an Apollo 11 photography exhibition, telescope viewing (weather permitting) and more.
Please note: the panel discussion is in an undercover outdoor venue so will likely be very cold – please dress appropriately.
Funding provided by the United States Government.
|6pm||Doors open||Planetarium entrance|
|6.15pm–6.45pm||Capcom Go! Planetarium show||Planetarium|
|7pm–8pm||Panel discussion||Amphitheatre (outside, undercover)|
|8.15pm–8.45pm||Capcom Go! Planetarium show||Planetarium|
|9pm–9.30pm||Capcom Go! Planetarium show||Planetarium|
7pm–8pm | Amphitheatre (outside, undercover – bring warm clothes!)
Moderated by science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams, we will hear from the Head of the Australian Space Agency, Dr Megan Clark, Associate Professor Alan Duffy and Dr Gail Iles on the Apollo 11 mission and Australia’s involvement, and the excitement of looking forward to humanity's future in space exploration.
6.15pm–6.45pm or 8.15pm–8.45pm | Planetarium
This immersive, historical documentary 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 they overcame and will inspire them to become the explorers, designers, engineers, thinkers and dreamers of the future.
All evening | Planetarium foyer
Explore the story of the Apollo 11 mission through gorgeous images taken by the astronauts themselves.
All evening | Arena
See the stars for yourself with our telescopes and binoculars, guided by knowledgeable astronomy volunteers.
All evening | Planetarium foyer
Experience what it’s like to be an astronaut as you visit the International Space Station. Learn how to realistically move in zero gravity, how to use real astronaut tools, ride the station's robotic arm and see the most breathtaking views of Earth from orbit.
First in best dressed! Come early for this one – we expect there to be queues…
All evening | Elements café
Galactic cocktails, local beers, and delicious treats available all night for purchase.
Robyn Williams AM – panel moderator
Robyn Williams is a science journalist and broadcaster who has hosted the Science Show on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation since 1975. He’s the only journalist to be elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, and is the holder of five honorary doctorates. Robyn Williams was elected a National Living Treasure by the National Trust and even had a star named after him by the Sydney Observatory.
Dr Megan Clark AC
Dr Megan Clark is Head of the Australian Space Agency, spearheading the Agency’s establishment as Chair of the Expert Reference Group into the Review of Australia’s Space Industry Capability. As Head of Agency, she is responsible for overall governance and performance, management, policy leadership and strategic direction. Dr Clark was Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) from 2009 to 2014. She holds a BSc from the University of Western Australia and a PhD from Queen’s University, Canada. In 2014, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia.
Associate Professor Alan Duffy
Associate Professor Duffy is an astrophysicist at Swinburne University and Lead Scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia, home of Australia's Science Channel. He is a regular media commentator on all things astronomy and space science. His efforts bringing the latest science to broad audiences have seen him be awarded the Victorian Tall Poppy Award and the national Eureka prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science.
Dr Gail Iles
Dr Gail Iles is a former astronaut trainer who has earned a medal for her many hours spent experimenting in zero gravity aboard the Novespace Airbus A300 (or ‘vomit comet’ as it is sometimes affectionately called). At RMIT University she is the Programme Coordinator for the new BSc Space Science, Academic Supervisor of the award-winning HIVE rocket team and head of the Space Physics research group. In 2010 she received the WISE Champion award from HRH Princess Anne for inspiring children, particularly girls, to study STEM subjects at school. Gail chairs the Victorian branch of the Australian Institute of Physics and is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
What if there is rain or clouds?
It is the fate of the astronomer to be at the mercy of the weather and unfortunately we are unable to control the rain and clouds. The event will go ahead and in the case of inclement weather, however telescope viewing will not be available. Note that the panel discussion is outside (but undercover), so please dress appropriately – it is likely to be very cold.
Where will the panel discussion be held?
In Scienceworks’ amphitheatre, which is outside, but undercover. Please dress in warm clothes as it will be very cold outside.
Can children attend?
This event has been curated for an adult audience. People under 18 can still purchase a ticket to attend, however please keep in mind there are no activities for children. The event is most suitable for people 16+.
Is the planetarium included in the ticket?
No. The planetarium is a $5 surcharge in addition to your entry ticket.