Summer of Discovery: Week 7 - One Giant Leap

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 10:00am to Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 5:00pm

Beginning Tuesday, June 4, the Space Foundation Discovery Center will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the Summer of Discovery! Each week will focus on a specific theme, culminating with a full day of special activities and events planned for each Saturday. Bring your family and friends and join in the fun - we've brought Space down to Earth for all to enjoy!

One Giant Leap

It's been 44 years since Neil Armstrong made history by setting his feet on lunar soil. Come join us to celebrate! We'll have special exhibits focused on Apollo 11, plus fun educational activities for the entire family. Celebrate Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the crew of Apollo 11, who made history and will forever live on as heroes and pioneers. Whether or not you remember July 20, 1969, you won't want to miss this week of special programming at the Space Foundation Discovery Center.

All Week Long

  • New exhibit of artifacts from 1969 celebrating the first humans on the moon
  • Items on loan from a private collector in Denver, Colo.
  • Artifacts from the Space Foundation's extensive collection
  • We Choose the Moon, an interactive multi-media program
  • Debunking of lunar landing conspiracy theories
  • "Space Shuttle: Conquering Low Earth Orbit" - NASA's visiting exhibit

Wednesday, July 17, 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon matinee - Disney's "Space Buddies" (Rated G)

*Free to the first 50 children and parents

Moving at warp speed, dodging asteroids and more, the Buddies and their two new friends, Spudnick and Gravity, must summon their courage and ingenuity to launch plans for a moon landing and a rocketing trip back home.  Bonus features include a 13-minute making of featurette that includes some history about space travel and is narrated by the Buddies, bloopers, and Alyson Stoner's "Dancing in the Moonlight" music video.

Included with admission for first 50 children and parents. Maximum total attendance for movie is 50. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended for children ages 3-10.

Friday, July 19, 5:30 p.m.

Lecture with Marlowe Cassetti

Marlowe CassettiAdmission: $15.  Begin the evening with a glass of wine or beer (included with admission) and enjoy light snacks before the lecture by Marlowe Cassetti, who surprises audiences with his insights and anecdotes. A special beer, brewed exclusively for this event by Stephen Shelton, will be available. Q&A following program.

About Cassetti
Marlowe Cassetti was formerly an aeronautical research engineer with NACA (later to become NASA), working first at the Langley Research Center and later with the group that formed NASA/Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, TX. He held engineering and management positions in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions, and later with the Skylab and Space Shuttle programs. Post-NASA, Mr. Cassetti worked for McDonnell Douglas and The Boeing Company in Colorado Springs. 

Saturday, July 20

Enjoy One Giant Leap's special family day!

  • FREE astronaut or space-themed rubber duckies for the first 100 children!
  • Apollo 11 Scavenger Hunt for a free Space Foundation Discovery Center mood pencil!
  • Fun activities for the family to enjoy together while learning about Apollo 11 and basic space-STEM principles
  • Moon Walk Bounce House
  • In-depth Science On a Sphere® presentations
  • NEW! "Space Shuttle: Conquering Low Earth Orbit" - NASA's visiting exhibit
  • We Choose the Moon - an interactive touch-screen program which takes you to the Apollo 11 mission in near real-time
  • Moon Phases Flip Book (12:00 p.m./2:00 p.m./4:00 p.m.)
  • Oreo Moon Phases Activity (11:00 a.m./1:00 p.m./3:00 p.m.)
  • Pig Latin Food Truck and the Springs Cupcake Truck on hand for lunch!  Enjoy the fabulously flavored cupcakes:
    • Chocolate Eclipse (chocolate/chocolate)
    • Full Moon (vanilla/vanilla)
    • Rover Red Velvet
    • Lemon Lift-off
    • Nilla Cookies n' Cream
    • Cookie Monster
    • Maple Bacon
    • Cinnamon Bun

*Events and activities for all weeks are subject to change without notice.

More details about all 10 weeks of Summer of Discovery at

Daily Admission Rates

(effective June 4 - August 10, 2013)

Adults $9
Seniors (65+) $7
College Students (Student ID) $7
Children* (4-17) $3
Children* (3 and under) FREE 
Military (Military ID) FREE 
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*Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult

Space Foundation Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo.