Full Moon

For the fifth year in a row, NSS of North Texas (NSS-NT) will be co-sponsoring the Moon Day event to be held on July 20th at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field in Dallas.  This is the premiere space event each year in the D/FW metroplex, and NSS-NT is proud to be the one that started it all…

It was back in 2009 that the Frontiers of Flight Museum approached NSS-NT about putting together an event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing.  NSS-NT countered with a suggestion that we celebrate the future of space exploration by showing off all of the space-related stuff to be found in the metroplex.

Starting with a few other organizations like the Texas Astronomical Society (http://www.texasastro.org/) and Dallas Area Rocket Society (http://dars.org/), the event has grown to include all of the major museums and science centers in the area, as well as more organizations and exhibitors.  This year will feature three inflatable planetariums!

We’ll also have the usual art show, door prizes, movies, Moon Academy classes, Lunar University lectures, and Lunar Sample Bags for the first 200 (or so) kids.  There are a lot of other special features in the work for the fifth anniversary which we will announce as they are confirmed.

For NSS of North Texas, this project is a great way to network with the other space groups in the area and an opportunity to engage in other projects, as with the Sci-Tech Discovery Center and UTA Planetarium.  This year there is a focus on STEM activities and Scout patches, and since NSS of North Texas helps with updates to the Boy Scout Space Exploration merit badge pamphlet we’ll be covering the ISS requirement with information and other activities to highlight the work being done there.

Moon Day is also one of the biggest fundraising days for NSS of North Texas for their Science Fair Scholarship.  Over the last four years NSS-NT has donated over $1000 in scholarships to students with space projects at the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair.  All of these funds were raised with raffles in the local community.  One thing with raffles, though, we always need new items to raffle off – so members are encouraged to find new space goodies to donate or have donated to the chapter (a 501c3).

This showpiece event for the Frontiers of Flight Museum is growing from a celebration of space exploration into a space-themed, STEM-focused event, riding on the wave of renewed interest in encouraging our youth to pursue the difficult studies that have been the foundation of this nation’s economic prosperity.  In creating and shepherding this event, NSS of North Texas is actively engaging its mandate of increasing knowledge and awareness of the importance of space activities in our local community.  Because it is a grass-roots organized event, NASA’s funding issues have no bearing whatsoever on our ability to stage a space event.

Join us on July 20th from 10am to 5pm at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field in Dallas for the biggest space celebration in Texas!

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