MSU MoonFest

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More than 1,500 fans and friends joined WKAR and Abrams Planetarium at the MSU MoonFest in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

Abrams Planetarium Pop-Up Stories crowd photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

WKAR and the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University celebrated the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon with a weekend of activities July 19-21. Hundreds of people gathered at the planetarium to mark the occasion with events that included a return of WKAR's Pop-Up Stories.

In case you missed Pop-Up Stories on July 19, we've collected them here. Enjoy!

Tom Sampson photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

Last week, WKAR hosted a Moonfest Pop-Up Stories event at MSU’s Abrams Planetarium, where people gathered to discuss Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.

One of our storytellers was Tom Sampson, who was serving in Vietnam on July 20th, 1969.


Jackie Payne photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

WKAR’s Moonfest Pop-Stories event last week at the Abrams Planetarium included Jackie Payne’s story of planning a wedding, as the Apollo 11 mission was taking place 50 years ago.


Apollo 15 astronauts photo
NASA

Last week’s MoonFest events at MSU’s Abrams Planetarium celebrating the first steps on the moon 50 years ago has us remembering the Apollo space missions.

Forty-eight years ago this week, Apollo 15 launched. It was NASA’s fifth mission carrying astronauts to the surface of the moon. It’s especially important in Michigan history because all three astronauts aboard had ties to the state.


Neil Armstrong photo
NASA

Last week, WKAR and MSU’s Abrams Planetarium celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first steps on the moon with MoonFest, a weekend of events including a return of WKAR’s Pop-Up Stories. One of those stories was told by the planetarium’s program assistant, John French.


MSU MoonFest | Summer of Space

Jul 19, 2019
MSU MoonFest; July 19-21; Abrams  Planetarium
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FREE -- July 19 - July 21 at Abrams Planetarium | Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first moon landing, with WKAR and Abrams Planetarium at the MSU MoonFest!

Schedule | MSU MoonFest | Summer Of Space

Jul 19, 2019
PBS

MSU MoonFest Schedule | Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first moon landing, with WKAR and Abrams Planetarium at the MSU MoonFestMORE ABOUT MSU MOONFEST

Ancient Skies | New Series

Jul 12, 2019
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Wednesdays, Jul. 31-Aug. 7,  8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 or STREAM | Discover how centuries of knowledge, experimentation, and engineering helped our ancestors explore and understand the distant planets and the mysteries of outer space that are well beyond human grasp.

Molly Of Denali | PBS KIDS

Jul 11, 2019
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Mon., Jul. 15 at 8:30am & 4pm on WKAR–TV 23.1 |Molly of Denali is an action-adventure comedy that follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful Molly Mabray, a 10-yearold Alaska Native girl.

Chasing The Moon | American Experience

Jul 8, 2019
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Mon.–Wed., Jul. 8–10, 9pm on WKAR- HD 23.1 stream at video.wkar.org Experience the thrilling era of the Space Race, from its earliest days to Apollo 1 to the 1969 moon landing.

Out Of This World | Antiques Roadshow

Jul 8, 2019
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Mon., Jul. 8, 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 stream at video.wkar.org | Travel through space and time with Roadshow and discover objects that are totally "Out of This World!"