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5th Annual Moon Day Celebrates Lunar Landing Anniversary

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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Forty-three years after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing, on July 20, 1969, we know more about what’s beyond planet Earth. Yet, there’s still much more to learn.

Bruce Bleakley is the director of the Frontiers of Flight Museum, near Dallas Love Field Airport. The museum is hosting the upcoming 5th Annual Moon Day. The day-long event on Saturday July 20 from 10am to 5pm is dedicated to celebrating the first lunar landing, while looking ahead. Bleakley is thrilled and said, “The emphasis is on what’s happening now and what’s to come in the future.”

Bleakley admitted feeling like a kid when looking at Apollo 7, which is on display the museum. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. “I never thought in my wildest dreams I would ever be working for a museum or I would have this spacecraft right here on display.”

Kids of all ages will enjoy discovering the cool space stuff that’s on display during Moon Day. Bleakley is proud to say the museum is home to an actual piece of the moon. “So Walt Cunningham from the Apollo 7 mission has given us his moon rock, and this is it,” he said, while showing it off.

There will be imitation moon soil at the event, too. Bleakley explained that it can be used to help develop and improve moon rovers, since there’s just a limited supply of it from what’s been brought back to Earth.

Girl Scouts are also encouraged to come to the event, which organizers say brings in about 1,000 people. The Scouts will be able to take part in activities throughout the day and finally earn a Moon Day event patch. The patch is in the STEM category – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Bleakley said, “I hope people will come away with renewed appreciation of how space exploration is still relevant – relevant to them – and it is still ongoing, and there is a lot of interesting things going on in the future.” He believes children can really shape the future of space exploration, just by looking back and appreciating yesterday’s breakthrough moments through events like these.

Tickets range from $5 to $8. Children under 3, as well as museum members, get in for free. Click here to find out more information.

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