APOLLO 8 COMMANDER FRANK BORMAN HEADLINES EAA MUSEUM ‘SPACE DAY’ ON OCTOBER 8

Full day of family and hands-on activities in honor of World Space Week

  • Apollo 8
    The Apollo 8 crew prior to its December 1968 flight. Commander Frank Borman is at the far right.

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (Sept. 28, 2016) — Frank Borman, who as commander of the Apollo 8 mission in 1968 led the first humans to orbit the moon, will be the featured guest at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Space Day on Saturday, October 8.

Borman is Space Day’s keynote speaker during a special evening presentation at 5 p.m. on October 8 in the museum’s Founders’ Wing. He will highlight his experiences in space that include a flight aboard Gemini 7 in 1965 and the famed Apollo 8 flight with James Lovell and William Anders. It was during that Christmas 1968 spaceflight that the astronauts captured the iconic “Earthrise” photo that has become one of the world’s most recognized photos.

All Space Day activities are included with regular museum admission. Those include:

  • Space Discovery for Kids activities — These space-themed activities for kids of all ages educate and spark curiosity in space flight, including the popular “Houston, We Have an Omelet” egg drop, building straw rockets and fizzy rockets, and creating rocket cars.
  • Opening of the new Space Shuttle photo exhibit — This limited-time exhibit with images by noted photographer Roland Miller will include a 1 p.m. presentation from the photographer who captured these insider images about the creation and flight of the Space Shuttle.
  • Star and Sun Gazing — Professional sun telescopes will be available to view the heavens from 10 a.m. until noon (weather permitting), allowing visitors to see stars and planets even in daylight.
  • When We Left Earth: Landing The Eagle — This documentary episode, narrated by actor Gary Sinise, will play continuously in the Skyscape Theater from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It highlights the achievements of the American space program during the 1960s.

In addition, on October 8 lunch will be available for purchase at the museum from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

EAA Space Day activities are scheduled in conjunction with the observance of World Space Week on October 4-10, which features more than 1,800 events in 73 countries.

About EAA AirVenture Museum

The EAA AirVenture Museum is located just off Interstate 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EAA members receive free museum admission year-round. For more information, call the EAA AirVenture Museum at (920) 426-6108 or visit www.eaa.org/museum.

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