Take a Peek:
Take a walk on the moon in Concord
June 27. 2013 12:47AM
TAKE A PEEK: A panel of the moon greets visitors to the “Lunar Recon” exhibit at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord.
The Concord showing highlights National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) scientific discoveries via the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which was launched June 18, 2009, as a preliminary step toward returning astronauts to the moon. The orbiter was designed to map out possible landing sites and characterize the radiation hazards astronauts would encounter as a result of cosmic rays and other high-energy sources that flood the lunar surface. Today the orbiter is in a two-hour polar orbit around the moon.
Activities, mini lunar talks and meet-and-greet opportunities with scientists also are planned. Visual displays and hands-on experiences take visitors on a journey through the solar system, with a look at how scientists and engineers team up to design, build, test and send a spacecraft to the moon.