Apollo 11: 50th Anniversary Celebration
Have a blast(-off) commemorating one of the greatest engineering feats in history with space-themed events, science demos and shows throughout July!
Apollo 11: First Steps
Timed to the 50th anniversary of NASA’s celebrated Apollo 11 mission, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is a thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the Moon. In this special giant-screen edition of Todd Douglas Miller’s critically acclaimed Apollo 11 documentary, created exclusively for science centers and museum theaters, the filmmakers reconstruct the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of this historic mission—one of humanity’s greatest achievements and the first to put men on the Moon. With a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70mm footage and audio recordings, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition joins Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the Mission Control team and millions of spectators around the world, during those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.
Directed by Todd Douglas Miller, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is produced by Statement Pictures in partnership with CNN Films and presented by Land Rover. The film is distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films.
Duration: 47 mins. | Rating: All Ages
The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut?
Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad’, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him.
1969 is the year of Apollo 11 and the year of a classic Beatles album! From their beginnings, they revolutionized music and made history. Their top hits accompanied by laser graphics prove to be a favorite show for laser fans of all ages.
The universe is a curious place—more so than we ever imagined. As scientists unravel the complexities of the cosmos, key findings are revealing amazing new frontiers for exploration. Come along on a journey about what we already know—and about the mysteries we have yet to solve—in Dark Universe. With astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as your guide, go beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You’ll hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe’s beginnings unfold.
Experience Dark Universe to celebrate the pivotal moments that have brought us unprecedented knowledge of the universe and our place in it—and glimpse the exciting future of cosmic exploration.
Starry Nights Live!
Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars everyone can see in the night sky—planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. Topics will change monthly and graphics will be programmed accordingly. All shows are hosted and narrated live by OMSI space science educator.
Back To The Moon For Good
The show opens with the first era of space exploration in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We see what that era of landers and orbiters taught us about our nearest neighbor including the discovery of the Moon’s origin, composition, structure and the accessibility of raw materials on its surface.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE is designed to democratize space and create new opportunities for eventual human and robotic presence on the Moon. We see the engineering and innovation steps taken by the internationally distributed teams competing to land a spacecraft on the Moon and vie for additional prizes. We highlight the human spirit of competition and collaboration as teams take on this audacious challenge. Who will win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE? The audience is taken through a successful launch, landing and lunar surface travel. The show ends with a stunning glimpse of a plausible scenario for our future on the Moon.
Educated Guess: Space Edition
July 24, 2019 | 6:30-8:30PM; Doors at 6PM | All ages welcome but trivia will be geared towards adults
Flaunt your knowledge of space science, current events, and pop culture in this multi-round, interactive game. Teams of 2-6 will compete in 5 rounds for fun, space themed prizes! See below for a list of prizes.
$5 for one player or $25 for a team of six
Round 1: Multiple Choice | Round 2: Active Challenge | Round 3: Open Response | Round 4: Puzzle Sheets | Round 5: Final Jeopardy
The Empirical Cafe will be open with sandwiches, snacks plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Abyla Grill, a Greek Mediterranean food cart will be on the front plaza as well.
Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.797.4529
OMSI General Admission Passes, OMSI Pint Glasses, Local Restaruant Gift Cards, Mt Hood Brewing Beer, and more!
Laser Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
Jam out to one of rock's most influential albums! Captivating colors and intriguing laser graphics bring Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon to life in the planetarium dome.
Duration: 45 mins.
Meet A Scientist: Space Edition!
Included in General Admission | Current science gets up close and personal at Meet a Scientist. This program, held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, features local scientists who share their research and knowledge with you through hands-on activities and conversation. Meet a Scientist exclusively features professionals who are OMSI Science Communication Fellows.
July 13 Activities:
Mapping the Frozen Seas | Using clues from incomplete data from satellites, become a sea ice scientist and map the Arctic Ocean.
Transient Detective | Compare light from a telescope to a transient database to see what cosmic object originated it.
Observing the Ocean from Space | Come explore with Ed what satellites can tell us about the ocean and its tides.
OMSI Goes Viral! | Viruses can live in extreme places –can they live in outer space?
Seeing Ocean Microbes from Space | Join Bryce to learn how scientists use satellites in space to learn about our oceans.
Monitoring Microbes from Space | Explore the oceans from space, and learn about the microscopic creatures that help regulate our climate.
July 27 Topics
OMSI After Dark: Astronomy
Discover the mind-boggling hugeness of the cosmos and our place in it at the intergalactic OMSI After Dark.
Shoot off water rockets, concoct chemical creations, and explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight! Enjoy a glass of wine while learning about robots, tornados, or fossils. Talk to a brewer about the science behind beer, or sample products from local artisans.
All that and more with OMSI After Dark, a night at the museum for the 21-and-over crowd filled with food, drink, and science fun! Plus, visit our featured exhibit, The Science Behind Pixar (upcharge applies).
21+ Only | ID's Required
Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity is limited and may sell out.
OMSI After Dark admission: $15/non-members, $7.50/OMSI Members and FREE for OMSI After Dark Access Pass Holders
OMSI After Dark admission, plus entry to The Science Behind Pixar: $21/non-members, $12.50/OMSI Members and $5 for OMSI After Dark Access Pass Holders
Written in the Stars | The stars are full of stories! Or is it just you point of view? See how the stars have all aligned in your search for the constellation Orion.
Unaerated Astronauts | Prepare your puffy astronaut for a mission into the vacuum of space. It may change them forever…
Spinoff Space Technology | Did NASA invent Tang? What other technologies started out of this world? See which everyday objects were first designed for the stars!
Bursting, Blasting, Giant Star, How We Tease Out What You Are | Discover how astronomers tell apart and study the mind boggling explosions that create the atoms of which you, your clothes, and your jewelry are first made.
Mysterious Exoplanets | Investigate how we detect planets that revolve around stars beyond our Sun.
Killer Alien Views | Make a model of one of the most abundant life forms on our planet, and maybe elsewhere…
PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS
AWOL Dance Collective Aerialists
8 & 9 PM
Virtual Star Party
8, 830 & 9 PM
OMSI Portable Planetarium
Black Hole 730 PM
Dark Universe 8 PM
Starry Nights Live 830 PM
Extreme Planets 9 PM
50 Years Later - Bringing a Man Back from the Moon
with Peter McCloud, Aero/Aerothermodynamics Engineer with ERC Inc., based out of NASA Johnson Space Center, President, McCloud Aero Corp.
Moon: An Illustrated History
with David Warmflash, PhD, Astrobiologist and Author
Measuring Sunlight On the Surface of the Earth
with Josh Peterson PhD, University of Oregon, Solar Radiation Monitoring Lab
lunar and planetARy: Explore lunar and planetary science in augmented reality: Journey through space on an interactive tour of the Asteroid Belt, the Moon, Mars, Saturn, Pluto, and Europa
NASA Ambassadors: Alexe Mastanduno, Anthony Valoppi & Patrick Lloyd Hanrahan
Pacific Space Flight
The Viking Mars Missions Education and Preservation Project
UO Solar Radiation Monitoring Lab
Portland State Aerospace Society
Ticketing questions call 503.797.4634