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Space Foundation Celebrates Countdown to Apollo

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

Space Foundation Celebrates Countdown to Apollo

  • Public Invited to “Manifest Greatness, Apollo 8” Presentation at the Space Foundation Discovery Center on Wednesday, Dec. 12
  • First in Series Celebrating Apollo Mission 50th Anniversaries

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 10, 2018) – The Space Foundation invites the public to its Discovery Center in Colorado Springs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8’s pioneering lunar adventure. Join other space and history fans to remember, reflect and reignite the inspiration of a Christmas-season journey that united the world in wonder. “Manifest Greatness, Apollo 8” will be presented at the Discovery Center on Dec. 12, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.


Presenter for the evening will be Space Foundation Space Education Manager Elias Molen.


“Manifest Greatness, Apollo 8” relives the epic events of the 1968 Christmas season,” said Molen. “This is the first event in our series at the Discovery Center commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions. Apollo 8 was a first in many areas –the first to launch humans on the most powerful rocket ever built. The first to send human beings to the Moon. The first to bring a live message of encouragement to the people of Earth.”


Learn more about that live message and how it was received worldwide by attending “Manifest Greatness, Apollo 8.” Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., with an hour to explore the Discovery Center exhibits, watch an Apollo-themed Science On a Sphere® presentation and enjoy hors-d’oeuvres. The “Manifest Greatness, Apollo 8” presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. Admission for the evening is half-off of regular Discovery Center admission and includes all of the above activities.


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About the Discovery Center
Located only five minutes from Garden of the Gods Park, at 4425 Arrowswest Drive, Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation Discovery Center is the region’s only space, science and technology attraction. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.


Military discounts are available. For pricing and other information, visit, or call the Space Foundation at 719.576.8000. Follow the Space Foundation Discovery Center on Facebook and Twitter.


About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites and – and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn and YouTube.


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