Jonas Dino
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
July 10, 2009
RELEASE : M09-80
NASA Ames to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Moon Landings
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- Forty years ago, humans took their first steps on the moon. NASA has just taken the first steps to return humans to the moon and everyone is welcome to join in the celebration.

NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field Calif., will host 'Moonfest 2009: From Apollo to LCROSS, and Beyond!,' a celebration of all things related to the moon. The celebration, from noon to 6 p.m. PDT, on Sunday, July 19, 2009, will focus on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moonwalks and NASA's Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission. The day will be filled with guest speakers, musical performances and hands-on family activities and exhibits including model rocket launches, robotics demonstrations, real moon rocks, puzzles and interactive games. The event is free and open to the public.

What: 'Moonfest 2009: From Apollo to LCROSS, and Beyond!' A family friendly celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moonwalks and the LCROSS mission.

Who: Speakers at the Moonfest 2009 include Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist and author; Tony Colaprete, LCROSS principal investigator; Susan Hackwood, executive director, California Council on Science and Technology; Diane Wooden, LCROSS astrophysicist; and Donald Pettit, NASA astronaut.

When: Noon to 6 p.m. PDT, Sunday, July 19, 2009

Where: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field. To reach NASA Ames, take U.S. Highway 101 to the Moffett Field, NASA Parkway exit and drive east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate.

Moonfest 2009 is sponsored by the LCROSS mission and the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI). The LCROSS spacecraft successfully launched with the Lunar Reconnaissance Obiter from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on June 18, 2009. LCROSS will impact a permanently shadowed crater on the lunar south pole on Oct. 9, 2009 in search of water-ice. The NLSI supplements and extends existing NASA lunar science programs and is supported by the NASA Science Mission Directorate and the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. The NLSI is managed by NASA Ames.

In keeping with NASA Ames' commitment to a 'green' future, the event will be using solar power, diverting waste streams into recycling and composting, and using environmentally friendly materials throughout the day.

For more information about 'Moonfest 2009: From Apollo to LCROSS, and Beyond!,' visit:

For more information about the NASA's Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission, visit:

For more information about the NASA Lunar Sciences Institute, visit:

News media representatives attending the event should contact Jonas Dino at or 650-604-5612 by 4 p.m. PDT on Thursday, July 16 to arrange for parking passes or interview requests. Directions and parking passes will be distributed at the main gate.


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