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Apollo 11 Virtual Reality is the story of the greatest journey ever taken by humankind. This virtual reality experience is the recreation of the events which took place between July 16th and July 24th 1969. Now, for the first time ever, you get to experience this hostoric even through the eyes of those who lived it.

Apollo 11 Virtual Reality is a new type of interactive documentry. Using a mix of orginial archive audo and video together with accurate recreations of the spacecraft and locations, all set to inspirational music, you can relive the greatest journey humans have ever undertaken.

Get set for an experience that will not only educate you but will also leave a lasting impression and deep respect for the men and women who worked on the Apollo program during NASA's golden era.

This experience lasts about 10 minutes, and museum admission is required to participate.

Ticket Prices
$10.00 - All Ages
$8.00 - Member Pricing
The next giant leap in human spaceflight is upon us! NASA and others have their sights set on the Red Planet, and they’re building the technology to get us there. “Destination Mars: The New Frontier” gives audiences an up-close look at humanity’s most epic endeavor. Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the moon and, one day, all the way to Mars! Travel along as we imagine this remarkable journey. Runtime: 33 minutes

Pricing
Adult - $10.00
Child - $9.00
Doors open at 6:15pm; Presentation begins at 7:00pm

September 20 – Astronomy for All: Beyond Our Stellar Neighborhood
You know what the planets within our solar system look like, and you see the sun and moon every day (almost), but in this presentation we’ll be highlighting deep space objects you probably haven’t studied in a textbook. We’ll cover objects you can see for yourself with a small telescope or a pair of binoculars as well as objects far too distant to see without the help of an instrument as powerful as the Hubble. Come explore faraway worlds with us!

September 27 – Ask Albert: History of Astronomy
People have long looked to the night sky for inspiration, direction and to marvel at its beauty. Humanity is still compelled by the cosmos, but our understanding of astronomy has grown dramatically since our early civilizations. In this question-driven presentation, we’ll answer inquiries about astronomy and astrology, the movement of the cosmos, how the study of astronomy is accurately conducted, and how we verify its accuracy.

October 4 – Alabama Autumn Skies
Learn about the autumn night sky and the various objects that are visible at this time of year in this live and interactive presentation. Your personal tour guide to the cosmos will teach you to navigate through the sky and highlight constellations, planets and even some deep sky objects such as galaxies and nebulae. This presentation is great for all ages and is a traditional planetarium experience with a modern kick.

October 11 – Cocktails and Cosmos: Stellar Dance
Gravity: the unseen force that attracts everything (that has mass) in the universe. Join us to learn about the power that gravity has over our daily lives, from enabling you to stand on the Earth’s surface to keeping our solar system in its current orbit within the Milky Way.

October 18 – Astronomy for All: What is a Planet?
In a world where the public still mourns the reclassification of Pluto and where kids still send letters of protest to the scientists responsible, we are compelled to take another look at the definition of a planet, a source of great debate among scientists even today. If the attributes of a “planet” cannot be unanimously agreed upon, then how can we use the word so casually here in the planetarium every day? Why is it so important to define the word “planet,” and what meaning does the word still carry, if any?
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. 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. Runtime: 50 minutes

Pricing
Adult - $8.00
Child - $7.00
Learn about the autumn night sky and the various objects that are visible at this time of year, in this live and interactive presentation. Your personal tour guide to the cosmos will teach you to navigate through the sky and highlight constellations, planets, and even some deep sky objects such as galaxies and nebulae. This presentation is great for all ages and is a traditional planetarium experience with a modern kick.

Pricing
Adult - $10.00
Child - $9.00
The year is 2096. Space tourism is booming, and you’ve signed up for a quick trip around the Solar System with Space Express Tours!

In this live show, your guides are Jesse, a lovable rookie tour guide who can’t wait to show you the wonders of your celestial neighborhood, and Max, the much more experienced—if slightly grumpy—shipboard computer.

With Max steering the ship and Jesse chattering excitedly about each place you visit, you’ll soar through the Asteroid Belt, explore the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and hover over the roiling surface of the Sun. Hold on tight!

Pricing
Adult - $10.00
Child - $9.00
Journey through our solar system, with your own personal tour guide, as we explore our little place in space. This live and interactive presentation explores the highlights of the solar system including the sun, planets, moons, and even your favorite dwarf planet (which we assume is Pluto). Great for all ages, audience participation helps to guide the scope of each presentation.

Pricing
Adult - $10.00
Child - $9.00
Space exploration is having a big impact on your life. Not only is it helping discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, its reaching back down into our world and influencing the way we live.

To Space and Back, takes you on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. The technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What’s happening above and beyond is coming back down to Earth! Runtime: 25 minutes

Pricing
Adult - $8.00
Child - $7.00
Touch the Stars centers on mankind's probes used in exploration of our solar system and the galaxy beyond. The film traces the path to space through the history of NASA's probes, orbiters, and landers, from the heart of our solar system to the surface of the other planets and moons, to the grand tour of the Voyager spacecraft through the outer planets and beyond. Runtime: 40 minutes


Pricing
Adult - $8.00
Child - $7.00
Timed to the 50th anniversary of NASA’s celebrated Apollo 11 mission, Apollo 11: First Steps is a thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the moon. 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.

Pricing
Adult - $10.00
Child - $9.00

The October 3rd showing of Apollo 11: First Steps will be at 5:00pm instead of 6:00pm
Monte Sano Elementary School is celebrating Space Week with a special family night at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Intuitive Planetarium! This fun, space week event will be held on Thursday, October 3rd at 6:00pm. This private planetarium presentation is only available to students and family members associated with Monte Sano Elementary School.

The presentation for Family Night will be Our Place in Space, which is a live and interactive presentation that explores the highlights of the solar system; including the sun, planets, moons, and even your favorite dwarf planet (which we assume is Pluto). This show is great for all ages, and audience participation helps to guide the scope of the presentation.

Pricing
Adult - $10.00
Child - $9.00
Join the U.S. Space & Rocket Center for 4-H day October 12, 2019!

$13 per person includes access to:

• ‘Apollo: When We Went to the Moon’ Exhibit
• ‘ISS: Science on Orbit’ Exhibit
• Moon Shot Simulator*
• G-Force Simulator *
• Hypership Simulator
• Mars Rock Climbing Wall
• Daily Guided Tours of Saturn V Hall (tour times available online)
• Spark!Lab interactive space

*Weather Permitting
**Discounted tickets to the Intuitive Planetarium ($9.00) or National Geographic movie theater ($7.00) may be purchased at the ticket desk upon arrival.

Boy Scouts of America Day Fall 2019
October 12, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm

$20 per person

Includes:
• Museum admission
• Scout Patch
• ‘Apollo: When We Went to the Moon’ Exhibit
• ‘ISS: Science on Orbit’ Exhibit
• Smithsonian Spark!Lab
• Mars Rock Climbing Wall
• HyperShip Simulator
• Moon Shot**
• G-Force**
• Kids Cosmos**
• Space themed activities* (activities can be used toward Merit Badge requirements)

*U.S. Space & Rocket Center will not issue merit badges. Activities are based on Merit Badge requirements and can be used toward earning Merit Badge at scout leader’s discretion.
**Weather Permitting

Discounted movies and planetarium shows can be added at the ticket desk.

Homeschool Family Adventure Days - Fall 2019
October 17th, 2019

Your entire family is invited to spend the day with us.

Museum Science: Become an Archivist
Preserving our past is the heart of museum science. Discover the ways museum archivists preserve and house artifacts, and train like an archivist at the largest space museum in the world!

Each Homeschool Family Adventure Day includes:
· Entrance into the U.S. Space 8 Rocket Center
· Explore our traveling exhibition
· STEM hands-on activities
· Our permanent exhibition, “Spark!Lab”

· $20.00 per person

Add a movie for a discounted rate of $7.00
Add a planetarium show for a discounted rate of $9.00
*Available for purchase the day of event