Planetarium marks Apollo 11 landing with special event


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It was July 20, 1969, when astronaut Neil Armstrong took his first step onto the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. To mark that historic day, the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium at the University of Louisville will host a free event July 20.

    “One Giant Leap For Mankind” will feature memorabilia and models marking milestones in space exploration.

    An Apollo command module model, full-page original newspapers from the 1960’s and an interactive space exploration timeline are among the items that will be showcased.

    UofL’s Tom Tretter, director of the planetarium and a professor of science education, will give a talk, “One Small Step,” that examines manned space explorations past, present and future, including an in-depth discussion of the difficult physical conditions and limitations of space travel.

    “One Giant Leap for Mankind” will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the planetarium.

    Free parking is available on a first-come-first-served basis at the North Information Visitor Center lot and the lot by the School of Music. Parking is also available for a nominal fee in the Speed Art Museum parking garage.

    For more information contact Paula McGuffey at 502-852-5855.

    Cindy Hess
    Cindy Hess has more than 30 years of experience in communications, marketing and investor relations, including more than a decade at UofL. She is "sort of" retired but happy to come back to the Office of Communications and Marketing to help with special projects and assignments.