2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission that first landed humans on the Moon!

We are celebrating with a lunar event series leading up to our big Lunar Anniversary Party on July 20! All events are free (except for the Full Moon Canoe) and open to the public.

Event Schedule

Moon Rocks (Free!)
Wednesday, February 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
UWM Lapham Hall, Room 260
Geologist Dr. Lindsay McHenry will describe how scientists use Moon rocks to study the history of the solar system. Guests can peer through microscopes to view actual pieces of the Moon brought back by an Apollo astronaut.

Exploring Other Moons: The Amazing Atmosphere of Titan (Free!)
Wednesday, March 13, 7-8 p.m.
UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium
Learn about life on moons that orbit other planets, such as Saturn. Chemistry professor Dr. Joseph Aldstadt will describe how the recent exploration of the Saturnian system by the Cassini-Huygens mission has revealed intriguing new insights, particularly the surprisingly complex composition of Titan’s atmosphere.

To the Moon: The Greatest Engineering Adventure Ever Taken (Free!)
Thursday, March 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium
Mechanical engineering professor Dr. Nathan P. Salowitz will discuss the engineering marvels that allowed us to safely land humans on the Moon and bring them back.

Imagining the Moon: A History of Lunar Visualizations (Free!)
Wednesday, April 3, 7-8 p.m.
UWM American Geographical Society Library
Join Marcy Bidney, curator of the UWM Libraries’ American Geographical Society Library (AGSL), as she explores the history of visualizing the moon, from pretelescopic observations that imagined what the moon might look like to lunar cartography up through the space age. This free presentation includes a special exhibit of lunar maps, globes, atlases, and photos from the AGSL’s collections.

Unblinded By the Light (Free!)
Wednesday April 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
UWM Physics Building Room 137
Join Janis Eells as she describes how space research opened our eyes on Earth. From growing plants in space to treating eye disease on earth, learn about NASA’s role in the development and application of light-emitting diode technology.

Challenges for Low-Cost Space Exploration (Free!)
Wednesday, May 1, 7-8 p.m.
UWM Physics Building Room 137
Learn how structural materials have evolved for rapidly expanding humans’ exploration of space. Rani Elhajjar will describe current industrial efforts and how the ability of humans becoming a multiplanetary species hinges on the ability to reduce the cost of access to space. Rani Elhajjar is Fulbright scholar and tenured associate professor at the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His experiences include senior positions in aerospace quality, certification, and build reliability engineering at Boeing and SpaceX.

Full Moon Canoe ($40 Registration Required)
Friday, May 17, & Saturday, May 18, 7:30-10 p.m.
Urban Ecology Center/Milwaukee Rowing Club
Paddle down the Milwaukee River with UWM Planetarium Director and NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Jean Creighton. Enjoy the full Moon while learning about our nearest celestial neighbor, other exotic moons in the solar system, and more intriguing objects scattered through space.

Lunar Anniversary Party (Free!)
Saturday, July 20, 12-3 p.m.
UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium
Join us for an afternoon of food, fun, and activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic 1969 Apollo Moon landing. There will be something for everyone at this free, all-ages event. Witness the monumental achievement of the 1969 Moon landing, trace its contribution to technological breakthroughs that transformed our everyday lives, and peer into the future of space exploration.