Summer Series: Apollo 50

Enjoy our Summer Series - presentations on Black Hills figures or events packed with history and fun! Each presentation lasts an hour, including a Q&A.

Tom Durkin will take you on an interstellar ride through history that marks 50 years since the Apollo 11 spaceflight when the first two humans landed on the moon. He will also share what’s next for NASA in a program that will surely be appreciated by all ages.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took his “one small step,” and Buzz Aldrin referred to the beauty of the lunar landscape as “magnificent desolation.” 

Durkin says this is when “American ingenuity achieved an as-yet unmatched distinction for humanity.”

We haven’t been back to the moon since 1972, but Vice President Mike Pence and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine have moved up the timeline to return there by 2024. This accelerated NASA program is called “Forward to the Moon” and has created renewed excitement over space exploration. 

Since 1999, Durkin has served as deputy director of the NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium headquartered on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He administers educational activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, supported by NASA’s unique mission. 

Durkin also supports university students funded by the Space Grant, including those who conduct internships and eventually gain employment at NASA Centers and aerospace industries.

Admission for a Summer Series event is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and half-off for members. Call 394-6923 to reserve seats. 


Friday, June 7 at 5 p.m.: Eyes of the Storm
Friday, June 14 at 5 p.m.: Celebrating 50 Years of the Chapel in the Hills
Friday, June 21 at 5 p.m.: Musical Experience by Hank Harris
Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m.: Battle of Greasy Grass
Friday, June 28 at 5 p.m.: Burros in Custer State Park
Friday, July 5 at 5 p.m.: James Webb Space Telescope
Friday, July 12 at 5 p.m.: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission
Friday, July 19 at 5 p.m.: Custer Expedition
Friday, July 26 at 5 p.m.: The Back Porch - A Legend of Rock 'N Roll
Friday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m.: Nuggets and Neutrinos

Friday, July 12, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The Journey Museum & Learning Center, Wells Fargo Theater
222 New York St, Rapid City, SD 57701

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Admission for a Summer Series event is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and half-off for members. Call 394-6923 to reserve seats.



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