|We’ve Got Apollo Fever, How About You?!
|We’re celebrating a historic occasion Saturday at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature and we’d love for you to join us for Apollo 15 50th Fever, sponsored by Mosaic!
It was 50 years ago this week that Astronauts David Scott, Alfred Worden and James Irwin launched from Cape Canaveral on the Apollo 15 mission to the moon. In fact, today marks the day that they made a perfect moon landing at 6:16 p.m.!
While the mission may not be as well known as Apollo 11 (the first moon landing) or Apollo 13 (the “successful failure”), it had plenty of scientific firsts that are still impacting the space program today. During the mission:
Astronauts Irwin and Scott became the first humans to drive a vehicle on another world when they cruised around in the 460-pound Lunar Roving Vehicle.In three extravehicular activities (EVAs) they traveled a record total of 17.5 miles — the previous record for distance traveled on the lunar surface was 2.1 miles, set by the crew of Apollo 14. Irwin and Scott also set a record for most time on the lunar surface during EVAs: 18 hours and 37 minutes.On Aug. 1, 1971, Irwin and Scott also discovered a 9.48-ounce chunk of anorthosite, a piece of the moon’s primordial crust, which was later dubbed the Genesis Rock!
I’d be happy to schedule a time for you to interview our Planetarium Manager Howard Hochhalter, a NASA Solar System Ambassador, about the Apollo 15 mission and its historic importance. And, of course, you won’t want to miss the special Planetarium show that Howard created to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 15. See details below!
If you’d like to explore Earth’s inner space, we’ve got you covered there, too! Our special exhibition Battles of the Boneless is now open; it explores the fierce and fascinating lives of ferocious predatory marine mollusks, including animals found on our very own beaches!
And don’t forget: Saturday is Back to School Night with The Bishop at the Bradenton Marauders game!
We’ve got all this and more happening at The Bishop, so come on over for a visit anytime!
P.S. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us in person at The Bishop at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, for the unveiling of a new exhibit of an important piece of space history. You’ll have the opportunity to interview Museum staff, along with the people who helped bring this exhibit to the Museum!
|Join Us This Saturday for Apollo 15 50th Fever
|Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 15 moon mission and its scientific accomplishments at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature duringApollo 15 50th Fever! During this event — which is included in the price of admission — we’ll be celebrating the 66 hours and 55 minutes that Apollo 15 Astronauts spent on the moon.
Join us to test your own astronaut skills, compare rocks from the Earth and the moon and watch a limited-run show in The Planetarium that allows you to experience one of humanity’s greatest achievements!
|Apollo 15 50th Fever
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31Where: At The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W, BradentonWhat: Space-related activities, a special Planetarium show, and more!Cost: Included in the price of admissionSponsored by MosaicGET TICKETS NOW
|Now Showing: “15 Mission of Discovery”Have you ever imagined what it was like to drive a rover on the moon’s surface? You can experience one of humanity’s greatest achievements in The Planetarium during “15: Mission of Discovery,” a new show created exclusively by The Bishop to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 15 moon landing!
Playing July 20-Aug. 15 only at The Bishop!
Tuesday-Friday: 12:15 and 2:45 p.m.Saturday: 12:15 and 2:45 p.m.Sunday: 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
|Back to School Night with The Bishop
|Join us Saturday evening for a special Back to School Night with The Bishop at the Bradenton Marauders game! The Bishop will have a table with fun activities and there will even be fireworks after the game.
When/Where:Gates open at 5 p.m., the game starts at 6:05 p.m., Saturday, July 31. LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, Florida, 34205.Tickets start at $11. Get tickets now!
|KidSpace: Aug. 14We unleash the awesome power of astronomy during KidSpace as we help kids master the universe through an engaging, interactive program that introduces them to the wider universe!
During this FREE, live Zoom program, we’ll explore places humans have never been before! While KidSpace is designed for kids ages 7-11 and their grown-ups, everyone is always welcome!
When/Where: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14 & 28, on ZoomCost: FreeAugust 14 registration
|Playing Around with Science: Aug. 14Join us as we host award-winning game designer Noelle Posadas to learn the ins and outs of making games that teach real cutting-edge science during “Playing Around with Science.”
Play science card games and then be challenged to turn some of the science at the Museum into a game for guests.
IQuest is a monthly program for smart, curious middle school students in grades 6 through 8. While each IQuest is different, you can always expect challenging projects and games that inspire out-of-the-box solutions to real world problems.
When/Where: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at The BishopCost: $8. Kids only — this is a drop-off program. Paid reservations required; includes a slice of pizza and a drink.Register now
|Talking Telescopes is an opportunity for you to learn about setting up and using telescopes and talk with our telescope expert about the ‘scope you already have or one you’d like to own. The program includes solar viewing (weather permitting).
When/Where: Saturday, Aug. 21, at The BishopTimes: 10:15-11:15 a.m.: Solar viewing in the Riverside Plaza (weather permitting); noon-4 p.m.: Telescope demonstrations in The Planetarium lobbyCost: Included in the price of admission; no registration necessary
Speaking of telescopes, if you’d like to learn how to use a telescope you already have or one you’re thinking of purchasing, we can help. Email us hereif you’re interested in scheduling a session. (Please be sure to include “telescope session” in the subject line.)
|They may be spineless but marine mollusks are no pushovers! In fact, the gastropods that live in our oceans have fierce and fascinating lives employing a wide variety of superhero-like powers that make them more than just pretty shells.
The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is inviting guests to go beyond the beautiful shell to learn the real stories of these cool and complex animals in its newest special exhibition, Battles of the Boneless.
Developed by The Bishop’s own expert curators exclusively for the Museum, Battles of the Boneless lets you explore the lives of these spineless — but fierce — critters!
This special exhibition is included in the price of admission.
|All Summer Long…
|Free Admission for Active-Duty Military
|The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is a Blue Star Museum. That means we offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families now through September 6. We thank all members of the military and their families for their service to our country!
The free admission offer is available to Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps PLUS up to five family members. Qualified members must show a valid military ID.
|As the largest natural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature (formerly South Florida Museum) offers fun and engaging exhibitions and programs that interpret the scientific knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to permanent exhibitions, The Bishop features a constantly changing lineup of special exhibitions — offering something new to discover with each visit.
The Bishop includes an all-digital Planetarium — the only one of its kind on Florida’s Gulf Coast — the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, where we help rehabilitate sick or injured manatees for their return to the wild, and the Mosaic Backyard Universe, built especially for young children and their families.
Our Mission: To inspire the joy of discovery and wonder for all ages through excellence in stewardship and engagement.
Visit www.BishopScience.org for hours, info and admission details or call 941-746-4131.