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International Observe the Moon Night at the Wallops Visitors Center Sept. 22
09.17.12
 
WALLOPS ISLAND, VA--In celebration of International Observe the Moon Night, NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, in partnership with the Sussex County Astronomy Society, is sponsoring a free, public event from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, at the NASA Visitor Center.

The moon.The all-ages event will kick-off with children's activities and interactive exhibits. At 7 p.m., Doug Voss, Wallops program manager, will give an overview of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission, scheduled to launch from Wallops in summer 2013. At dusk, telescopes are available on the Visitor Center observation deck for viewing the moon, stars, and other objects in the night sky.

This year's event is dedicated to astronaut Neil Armstrong; to honor the wishes of the Armstrong family, attendees will be encouraged to wink at the moon. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away Aug. 25.

Information on the NASA Visitor Center is available on the Internet at: http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/wvc

Information on International Observe the Moon Night is available at: http://observethemoonnight.org

Information on the Sussex County Astronomy Society is available at: http://www.sussexastronomy.com