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“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has Landed.” - 21:00hrs

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“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has Landed.” - presentation starting at 19:30hrs

These immortal words announced the landing of Apollo 11’s lunar module in the Sea of Tranquillity on 20th July 1969.

Come along and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this fantastic achievement by three brave astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The exhibition will be fully accessible although unfortunately access to the Observatory is restricted to the more able bodied.

This is your opportunity to learn some of the background to the Space Race to put a man on the Moon, the Apollo 11 mission and the follow-on missions, up to the last manned mission to the Moon, Apollo 17.

Mid-Kent Astronomical Society (MKAS) www.midkentastro.org.uk and Canterbury Academy, in association with The STEM Hub (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) will be commemorating this fantastic achievement on Friday 19 July 2019 at the Canterbury Academy, Knight Avenue, Canterbury CT2 8QA. Doors open at 7:00pm with the exhibition and observatory open until 10pm.

Space scientist, Prof. David Rees, will be giving two identical presentations starting at 7:30pm and 9:00pm (circa 45mins each), on the lead up to this historic event and the follow-on Lunar missions. You will be able to select one of the available presentation times when booking your FREE ticket.

Prof. Rees will also talk about his instrument, (part of the JAXA Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter spacecraft) that is currently heading to Mercury along with ESA’s Mercury Planetary Orbiter in the BepiColumbo Mission, launched October 2018. A “flight spare” of the MSASI Instrument will be on display, on the night.

Throughout the evening, you will also be able to visit the James Irwin Observatory (opened in 1991 by the Apollo 15 Lunar Module pilot and Moon walker, James Benson “Jim” Irwin). Weather permitting, you may be able to view Jupiter and its Galilean Moons and possibly Saturn with its spectacular rings, through its 14” aperture, computer-controlled telescope. Sadly, the Moon will not rise until much later.

There will also be an opportunity to touch a piece of the Moon; be astonished by the scale of our Solar System; learn how we know so much about stars that we will probably never get to in our lifetimes; and have an opportunity to make a crater. These all form part of the fantastic MKAS astronomy display. Other features may be added at short notice. Watch www.midkentastro.org.uk/events

While looking around, keep an eye open for the MKAS Space Timeline that covers the developments since 1900 that have led to some on mankind’s greatest advancements in our exploration and understanding of space.

Anecdotal comment from Prof. David Rees:

The Ascent Stage nearly never took off from the Lunar surface due to a broken switch. Come and find out how they overcame that potential catastrophe.

IMPORTANT NOTE - This is an all ticket event. Tickets are FREE but LIMITED so hurry! This is a ticket for the 9:00pm presentation. Please check our website from 11/07/2019 www.midkentastro.org.uk/events for all the latest details about this and other MKAS events.

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