Apollo Program begins Passport to Discovery series

As humans once again look to land on the Moon, come discover our space program’s history of travel to Earth’s closest celestial neighbor!

Kingman Museum and Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek together present the 76th Annual Passport to Discovery Series! For the first presentation in this year’s compilation, we are excited to host Richard Bell, Kalamazoo Astronomical Society president, for his presentation “Moon Shot: A Brief History of the Apollo Program.”

Bring the whole family and join us at The Kool Family Community Center in Battle Creek on Saturday, October 5 at 1:00pm. Passport to Discovery season tickets $30. Single tickets $9 at the door. Children 12 and under free if accompanied by adult. The Kool Family Community Center is located at 200 W. Michigan Ave. in Battle Creek.

July 20, 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar mission.

The Past: “That’s one small step for a man. One giant leap for mankind.” The national effort that enabled Astronaut Neil Armstrong to speak those words as he stepped onto the lunar surface fulfilled a dream as old as humanity. Project Apollo’s goals went beyond landing Americans on the moon and returning them safely to Earth. Come learn how they included establishing new technology, carrying out scientific exploration, and developing human capability to work in the lunar environment!

The Future: In the half-century since people visited the Moon, NASA has continued to push the boundaries of knowledge to deliver on the promise of American ingenuity and leadership in space. And NASA will continue that work by moving forward to the Moon with astronauts landing on the lunar South Pole by 2024. Learn more with an additional update from Kingman Museum.

We are going to learn about NASA’s history – and its future – with the Moon. How has our understanding of the Moon changed through exploration, and what mysteries remain? Space and mission-related artifacts will also be on display, and astronaut ice cream for each child in attendance!

The 2019-2020 Passport to Discovery series will also include “The Soul of Morocco” by Rick Ray November 2, “Spain & Portugal” by Marlin Darrah March 7, and “Bhutan: The Cloud Kingdom” by Tom Sterling April 4. All programs will be at the Kool Family Community Center.

The Passport to Discovery Film Series started in 1943 by Kingman Museum’s first director Edward Brigham, Sr. and once included 12 films a year. All the films in the series have the director on-hand to present the film and answer questions afterward. The Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek eventually continued the series, with Kingman Museum once again becoming a co-sponsor in 2017.

All proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek in their mission to deliver and sponsor local youth education programs.

Kingman Museum is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and to groups by appointment during the week. Museum admission is free during public open hours, with planetarium shows being $2 per person. Planetarium shows are every 15 minutes after the hour, with the first at 11:15 a.m. and the last at 3:15 p.m.

Kingman Museum is located at 175 Limit Street in Battle Creek in the midst of beautiful Leila Arboretum. More information can be found on its website or by calling 269-965-5117.

Kingman Museum is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization designed to be a resource and destination for lifelong learning opportunities in natural history, space science and world cultures.