Honoring the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 8 mission, which marked our first trip around the Moon.

Launched on December 21, 1968, Apollo 8 was the second human spaceflight mission in the NASA Apollo space program. It was the first crewed spacecraft to leave Earth orbit, orbit the Moon and return safely. The Apollo 8 Command Module “landed” at MSI in 1971, where it remains a centerpiece of the Henry Crown Space Center.

In December 2018, to honor the mission’s historic achievements, we are offering a month-long celebration of the Moon and space!

Some events and experiences require additional tickets.

To the Moon and Back Again events include:

December 22 from 5–9 p.m. Included in Museum Entry

Full Moon Fest

Celebrate the last full moon of 2018 with a nighttime, all-ages festival curated to launch your curiosity more than 200,000 miles above Earth’s atmosphere. Gaze at the brightest object in our night sky through telescopes in the Smart Park, get your face painted with sparkling space patterns, learn how to make space slime, see special live performances, and more. The entire Museum will be open late to celebrate until 9 p.m.

November 26 – January 6 Included in Museum Entry

Live Science Experiences

Get hands-on with oobleck at the Space Slime cart, learn about NASA’s new space “Refabricator” 3D printer at the Trash or Treasure Cart, and the NASA Innovations cart will show you the NASA inventions in everyday life. Check at the Info Desk on Main Level 2 for times and locations of these space-themed experiences.

November 19 – January 6 Included in Museum Entry

Earth Revealed

The new Earth Revealed program explores how space exploration inspires new discoveries. Using the Earth Revealed sphere, guests will see firsthand how the Apollo 8 mission improved the science and society of its time, and discuss where we should go next: back to the Moon or on to Mars. Included with Museum Entry.