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Learning Center to mark 40th anniversary of moon landing

challenger_logoWhere were you 40 years ago July 20?

Well, I was just a twinkle in my parents’ eye, but I’m sure that my parents were watching with great interest the news about Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s landing on the moon.  This July 20, however, I will be taking part in the celebration marking the event at the Challenger Learning Center in Brownsburg, Indiana.

Brownsburg’s Challenger Learning Center is one of 52 across the country established to honor the space shuttle crew that died on January 28, 1986 in the Challenger Space Shuttle explosion. The Center offers simulated space missions, distance learning programs, teacher training, professional development, enrichment programs and corporate missions.

On July 20, from 6pm to 10pm, The Center will host a free public open house to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing. Activities include:

  • Mini simulated “Return to the Moon” missions for anyone 5th grade and older (pre-register at 317.852.1008 or by e-mailing
  • 7pm videoconference presentation “NASA’s Near Misses” by NASA engineer Tom Benson
  • “Outreach to Space,” a hands-on exhibit courtesy of Science Central in Fort Wayne
  • Tours of the Brownsburg Challenger Learning Center
  • Star Lab constellation program
  • Stargazing with members of the Indiana Astronomical Society

For more information about the Brownsburg Challenger Learning Center, click here.

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Written by : Amy moved to Indiana for college in 1988 (Go Bulldogs!) and has never left. Married with three children, she's always on the lookout for fun and affordable things to do in Indiana. Elsewhere on the web, you can find Amy at The Fourth Frog Blog and All Things Aging. Amy receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.