UW-Superior Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

Created: July 16, 2019 09:22 AM

Saturday will mark 50 years since American astronauts landed on the moon for the first time. To celebrate, UW-Superior is hosting a fun, educational event for kids.

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"It's an exciting event to commemorate and to bring back for children to understand what the event is about and to help to dream and reach for the stars," Assistant Professor Daniel Rust says.

The free celebration, for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade, will involve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). There will be a coloring contest, bouncy house and space-themed arts and crafts.

In addition, members of Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College's 'Rocketry Club' will be there showing off rockets. Officials with the Superior fire and police departments will be doing drone demonstrations, too. Rust says it's important to remember this historic moment in time.

"In 1961, President Kennedy inspired the nation saying, in this decade, we're going to the moon and put a person on the moon," he says. "In 1969, we did it."

The event is Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Yellowjacket Great Room, which is on campus.

From 10 p.m. to midnight, folks can go back and look at the moon and Saturn through the University's telescope.

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