The moon is within reach

Visitors to the Schenectady Museum on Thursday and Friday, July 12 and 13, can touch a moon rock.

Visitors to the Schenectady Museum on Thursday and Friday, July 12 and 13, can touch a moon rock.

“CMOST is thrilled to participate in the NASA Driven to Explore exhibit by helping to provide special science programming and by loaning the moon boot prototype designed for NASA for the historic Apollo 11 mission from our collection,” CMOST Interim CEO Deborah Onslow said in a statement. “The NASA Driven to Explore exhibit represents a great chance for residents of the Capital Region and beyond to discover and explore science.”

CMOST educators will be on hand over the two days staffing science activity stations and giving talks. They will be joined by representatives from the Henry Hudson Planetarium and the Dudley Observatory, and the Empire State Aerosciences Museum will be on hand with a flight simulator. The museum will also offer special shows in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium. Visitors will be introduced to astronomical phenomena that can be seen in the current night sky.

Special space artifacts will be on display for this event only, joining standing exhibitions of a Mars Rover prototype and photos from the Hubble Space Telescopte. Space-related photographs on loan from Momentive will also be on display.

Hunter said the museum often loses people as lunch and dinnertime approach, but that should change with this exhibit as there will be several food options available. Local vendors Annabelle’s Café, Bette's Cupcakes, Fast Trax ice cream and kettle corn, Manhattan Exchange and Maria’s Peruvian Delights will all sell food, and special “space ice cream” will be available in the museum gift shop.

Because the trailer will take up a significant portion of the museum parking lot, parking there will be limited to handicapped spaces. Hunter said the museum is grateful to a number of community organizations that are working with it to provide parking: Zion Lutheran Church (153 Nott Terrace); Days Inn (167 Nott Terrace); Holiday Inn (100 Nott Terrace); Union Graduate College (lot entrance off Liberty across from Denny’s); St. John the Evangelist Church (lot behind church on Eastern Parkway, just east of Nott Terrace); and College Park Hall on the Union College campus (450 Nott Street, just east of Erie Boulevard). A trolley will run from the Union lot to the museum and back.

Admission to the Driven to Explore exhibit is included in the regular price of tickets, which are $5 for children; $6.25 for seniors, and $7.50 for adults. Planetarium shows, which will be offered between 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 12 and 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. July 13, cost an extra $2.

For more information, call 382-7890 or visit www.SchenectadyMuseum.org.

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