Recap: “Moon Day IX” at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, TX, July 22
Recap: Moon Day is the largest annual space and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) exposition in North Texas, hosted by the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas, and originally organized by Ken Murphy of the National Space Society of North Texas. Each Moon Day event is a celebration of the anniversary of the first Moon landing, as Apollo 11 with Neil Armstrong and Dr. Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969. Therefore, on Saturday, July 22, 2017, Moon Day IX celebrated the 48th anniversary of the highly successful Apollo 11 landing and . . . return safely to the Earth!
For Moon Day IX, the keynote speaker was former NASA astronaut – and current NASA Glenn Director – Dr. Janet Kavandi. During her presentation in the museum’s packed auditorium, Dr. Kavandi gave quite an interesting and informative explanation of her three missions to Low Earth Orbit aboard NASA Space Shuttles.
Among several other speakers, NSS Director Ken Ruffin gave an updated version of his presentation The Moon, Asteroids, and Mars: the Future of Spaceflight, to a classroom audience of perhaps 40 attendees of all ages. Ken Murphy returned to give a Moon 101 presentation to an audience of all ages.
Each year, Moon Day attendance continues to increase. The Moon Day attendance record was broken – once again – for Moon Day IX.
The National Space Society of North Texas (NSS-NT) had an impressive display, with a mini-theater for attendees to view space videos, while free NSS adAstra magazines, NASA lithographs, and many other items were available to all interested attendees. A space coloring station was available for younger students, to apply their artistic license to sketches of astronauts and spacecraft.
The most interested DFW-area attendees were encouraged to be guests at any upcoming NSS-NT meetings. They were also invited to register for the NSS-NT’s TX-Central Regional Space Development Conference https://txcrsdc.org/ at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas DFW Airport North, in Grapevine, Texas, on Saturday, November 18, 2017.