Launch Your Imagination at Carnegie Science Center's Summer of Space

Carnegie Science Center has lift-off! Summer of Space is finally here with astronomy events, a new educational documentary, weekly museum activities, a new exhibition, an adults-only evening, and more that mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. The Science Center is Pittsburgh’s destination for celebrating NASA’s historic, giant leap all summer long.

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition
Now playing on Pittsburgh’s largest screen!
Made exclusively for science museums and giant screens, this new, 47-minute documentary transports you to the center of the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, and the first human steps on the Moon with never-before-seen footage of NASA’s historic mission.

Sun, Earth, Universe
Now open! | Included in general admission
Packed with engaging, hands-on interactive exhibits and dazzling imagery, this new exhibition will connect visitors with current NASA science research and launch them on a journey to explore the universe! Sun, Earth, Universe focuses on our planet, the solar system, and the universe, and the big questions NASA is trying to answer about each.

*LIMITED EDITION* #SummerOfSpace T-shirts now available at XPLOR Store
"That’s one small step for yinz, one giant leap for yinz guys." XPLOR Store now has a limited edition T-shirt for sale! Inspired by Pittsburgh’s role in the Apollo 11 lunar landing and Yinzer culture, this design will let you show off your Pittsburgh pride and love of all things space. Reminder: General admission is not required to shop at XPLOR.

Solar Sundays
Sundays through Aug. 25, 10 am–2 pm | Included in general admission

Safely observe our friendly neighborhood star with solar telescopes and sun funnels. Chat with our astronomy educators about solar science. Solar observing happens every Sunday, weather permitting, at the main entrance to Carnegie Science Center.

Moon Mondays
Mondays through Aug. 26, 11 am | Included in general admission

Early learners and their grown-ups will enjoy special presentations of Moon-themed stories under a full Moon and starry sky in the planetarium!

Fly Me to the Moon
Premieres Thurs., July 4 | Included in general admission

Rocket to the Moon in a new Buhl Planetarium show! Celebrate Neil Armstrong’s one small step onto the lunar surface and learn about the Pittsburghers who helped make this giant leap possible. Check our online calendar for a schedule of showings.

Tues., July 16 – Gaze at a Full Moon!
Tues., Aug. 13 – See the dazzling Perseid meteor shower!

Chat with our astronomy experts and enjoy a virtual tour of the night sky in Buhl Planetarium. Weather permitting, visit our rooftop Buhl Observatory telescope for a view of the real stars over Pittsburgh. SkyWatch happens rain or shine. Sessions are offered at 8 and 10 pm.

18+ Apollo Moonshot Celebration
Fri., July 19, 7 pm–1 am
$50 | Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members receive a 10% discount

Celebrate the spirit of ingenuity and teamwork that propelled 400,000 Americans to make the moonshot a reality and explore new frontiers in lunar science. The evening features stargazing, a screening of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition at The Rangos Giant Cinema, special presentations by guest researchers, lunar science demonstrations, and more. Cash bar and food; proper ID required.

Space Out! Astronomy Weekend
Sat.–Sun., July 20–21 | Included in general admission

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic mission to the Moon and discover the latest achievements in lunar science. Blast off with space-themed activities and demonstrations and telescope viewing.

Science on Screen®: Hidden Figures
Featuring an introduction by Dr. Elayne Arrington, first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Engineering
Wed., July 24 at 7 pm

See the Oscar-nominated film about a team of African-American women who provided NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions in the 1960s.

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