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NASA/ESA 'Moon Night' Event

This event took place on 7th December 2018 at 5:00pm (17:00 GMT)
Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall Campus, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

17:00 Welcome

Moon Night opens with a welcome by Dr Mahesh Anand who introduces the Moon from a scientific perspective. A special guest will join us to give an invited talk, followed by a live performance of “Moon Music”, a specially commissioned piece of music to convey Science of the Moon by British Bahraini trumpet player Yazz Ahmed.

17.45 Get hands-on with the Moon

Staff and students involved in lunar research at The OU are on-hand all evening to talk about their research and answer any type of question about the Moon and beyond.

  • Explore the work of the Apollo missions through audio and video clips
  • Handle Moon rocks and meteorites, and explore the OU's Virtual Microscope collection of Apollo Moon rocks.
  • Learn how 3D printing could be used to build habitats on the Moon.
  • Journey to the Moon in an inflatable planetarium
  • Walk on the Moon via an immersive virtual reality experience
  • Leave your footprint on the Moon just as Neil Armstrong did and take a selfie on the Moon for a keepsake*
  • Imagine living on the Moon - drawing competition

There will be no live stream during this time, however you can visit the OU:STEM Facebook Page and check out Live streams of interviews with staff and students.

19.30 Q&A and prize-giving

The event concludes with an opportunity to ask questions, another live performance of ‘Moon Music’ and a special guest will announce winners of the drawing competition.

*Please bring your smartphone or tablet that can connect to data or Wifi (The Open University does offer free Wifi on campus) to engage with some activities.

A portion of the event will also be live-cast and subsequently archived for later viewing for those who could not attend in person.


Is there an age restriction on the event?

Everyone is welcome to attend this event regardless of age, however, please be aware that all under 18-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult and will be the responsibility of that adult throughout the event.

The webcast was open to 300 users

(84 minutes)