Ontario Science Centre: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary
Photo Courtesy: NASA
Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:00pm

Visit us on the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing for a full-day celebration packed with astronaut appearances, special speakers, space-themed design and engineering challenges and much more!

Webcast: Canada Welcomes Back David Saint-Jacques

Former Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk chats live with current Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who joins from Montreal via webcam, about Saint-Jacques’ recent six-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

Imperial Oil Auditorium
Level 1

Seating limited.
First come, first served.

Great Conversations Speaker Series: Special Space Edition
Canada’s Contribution to Apollo 11

See the world premiere of LANDER: From Avro to Apollo and learn about Canadian engineer Owen Maynard’s vital contribution to the Apollo 11 mission. This 23-minute documentary is followed by a discussion moderated by Ziya Tong, featuring Maynard’s son Ross and filmmaker Shelley Ayres.

• Ross Maynard, son of Owen Maynard
• Shelley Ayres, filmmaker of LANDER: From Avro to Apollo
• Christine Tovee, technology leader in aerospace and innovation
• Randy Attwood, Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

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Imperial Oil Auditorium
The Auditorium Level 1
Seating limited.
First-come, first-served.

To the Moon and Back! Star Party

Celebrate the Earth’s only natural satellite! Hear from experts about the latest in lunar science, take a telescopic tour of the night sky using a telescope and get hands-on with Moon crafts and activities. Free. Held indoors if weather poor.

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Level 2

Astronaut Exhibition

Climb into a centrifuge and learn about G-force, learn what it's like to conduct maintenance on a space station and learn the realities of showering, sleeping and using the toilet in space. Are you ready to learn about the challenges that an astronaut would face on a real mission to the cosmos?

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Special Exhibition Hall
Level 6

Lead Sponsor: Hatch

Women in Space Exhibition

Get to know some of the leading women in aerospace. From deploying advanced telescopes to inventing the BioSuit, women-led space exploration is leaping forward with science innovations and engineering technology.

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Special Exhibition Hall
Level 6

Lead Sponsor: Hatch
Knowledge Partner: Western Science

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition

From liftoff to landing, relive the historic Apollo 11 mission on our IMAX Dome screen with never-before-seen footage of one of humanity’s greatest achievements. Tickets $9.

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11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm
Shoppers Drug Mart OMNIMAX Theatre
Level 2

Mission: Patch

Astronauts design mission patches to symbolize their individual space missions and flight accomplishments. Your mission—should you choose to accept it—is to make your own patch, choosing emblems that tell your unique story.

10:00am-12:00pm, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Inventorium 2.0
Level 2

Construct a Canadarm

There’s a good reason the Canadarm2 is on the back of the Canadian five dollar bill—it built the International Space Station.  Using everyday materials, make a working model of one of Canada’s most famous space tools to reach, bend and grab.

Inventorium 2.0
Level 2

Apollo 11 Artifacts

Canadian Owen Maynard played a pivotal role in the historic Apollo 11 mission as the Chief Engineer of the lunar Module. See artifacts from Maynard’s time at NASA—from blueprints to models.

Level 4

Reach Out & Touch Space

Touch real lunar and Martian meteorites! Once extraterrestrial debris, now Earthly treasures, these slivers of space are sure to give you all the interplanetary feels.

Look for the cart on Level 6.

Sky Stories

Hear from former Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk, then see the night sky through a First Nations lens with Wilfred Buck, science specialist for the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. Using Indigenous star stories and hands-on activities, Buck demonstrates First Nations contributions to astronomy.

Rock Paper Science Hall
Level 6

Lunar Impact

In this captivating new planetarium show, take a journey through lunar history—from first footsteps to future habitation.

Limited seating. First come, first served.

12:00pm, 12:45pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 4:00pm, 4:45pm, 6:00pm, 6:45pm
Planetarium, Space Hall
Level 4

Science HotSpot

Round and round they go! During this live presentation, learn about the latest in satellite technology—from navigation to telescopes. Topics and presenters vary.

11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm
Hot Zone
Level 6

LANDER: From Avro to Apollo
Learn about Canadian engineer Owen Maynard’s vital contribution to the Apollo 11 mission in this 23-minute documentary.

7:00pm & 7:30pm
Imperial Oil Auditorium
Level 1

Who can attend: Everyone
Activities are included with regular admission. Star party is free. Parking is available for $10 per vehicle (member discount applies).
Not required 
Organized by: Ontario Science Centre
Ontario Science Centre