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click to enlarge Moon rocks at Fairbanks Museum
  • Moon rocks at Fairbanks Museum

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to walk on the moon after their lunar module, Eagle, landed there on July 20, 1969. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the momentous Apollo 11 mission, many Vermont venues hosted space-related activities in July.

Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury put on Astronomy Extravaganza! on July 20, featuring free planetarium shows, a moon rock viewing, and paper-airplane making.

click to enlarge Learning about the moon at ECHO
  • Learning about the moon at ECHO

ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington hosted Apollo Anniversary Space Days from July 23 to 25, with space-themed activities including stomp rockets, galaxy shaving cream art and watching marshmallows expand inside a vacuum chamber.

And on July 20, the Champlain Regional Model Rocket Club launched a 12-foot Vermont-themed rocket 5,800 feet into the air in a St. Albans field. Stellar!

click to enlarge Champlain Regional Model Rocket Club's July 20 launch
  • Champlain Regional Model Rocket Club's July 20 launch

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