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Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing With Discovery Center Free Event

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 10, 2014) – July 17 is the day the Space Foundation has chosen for its celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. The public is invited to join in the celebration and hear first-hand from three men closely involved in this historic period at NASA.

The Apollo 11 Fireside Chat is free of charge and will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, at the Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, Colorado Springs. The speakers are:

  • CAPT Bruce McCandless, (USN Retired), former NASA astronaut
  • Marlowe Cassetti, former executive with NASA, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing
  • Lou Ramon, former NASA employee in Flight Crew Operations and Mission Operations Directorates

Join our speakers as they reflect on the Apollo program, its impact on history, the challenges of the time and lessons learned for the future in manned spaceflight. Refreshments will be served following a Q&A session. This presentation is not recommended for children younger than 12 years old.

Please RSVP by July 15 for this free Fireside Chat at [email protected] or 719.576.8000.

See other Summer of Discovery activities, including the final week of “Mars, Rovers & Robots,” at Activities are subject to change.

Thank you to our Summer of Discovery sponsors: ATK; Allegra; BKD, LLP; Ent Federal Credit Union; Mido; OneTouchPoint – Mountain States; SpaceUnited; TCF Bank; Wells Fargo and Wendy’s.

Other 2014 Summer of Discovery themes include:

  • Rocketry, July 22 – 26, July 29 – Aug. 2
  • A Taste of Space Technology, Aug. 5 – 9, Aug. 12 – 16

About the Space Foundation Discovery Center
The Discovery Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with occasional evening events. The Discovery Center is closed on Sunday and Monday and on holidays.

Discovery Center daily admission fees are $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors (age 65+), $7.50 for college students with I.D., $4.50 for children ages 4-17. Children age three years and younger are admitted free. Military fees are $5.00 for adults with I.D., and $4.00 for military children ages 4-17 with I.D. Military includes active duty, guard, reserve or retiree with I.D.

For information, call 719.576.8000 or visit

Discovery Passport
Unlimited admission to the Discovery Center is now available with a Discovery Passport. Family, Individual and Student Passports may be purchased online and are good for 12 months from the date of purchase. Passports may be used for admission to Summer of Discovery (but not for extra-fee activities). Member benefits include a 10 percent discount on Discovery Center Store merchandise and members-only sneak previews of new exhibits. Learn more by visiting

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, all in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation world headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., features a public Discovery Center including the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®, and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston, and from its Washington, D.C., office, conducts government affairs, publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily U.S. stock market performance of the space industry. Through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.