Museum brings space to life

To help celebrate the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon the Armstrong Air and Space Museum is gearing up for events during the 2014 Summer Moon Festival.

The festival runs from July 16 to 20, and the events at the museum run July 19 and 20.

Director of the museum Chris Burton said the next few years will be leading up to a bigger celebration of the 50th anniversary.

“It’s the 45th anniversary so we’re really trying to do as much as we can to make it a huge event,” Burton said. “Forty-five years, that’s a significant amount of time and we’re going to be trying to do everything to ramp it up to the 50th anniversary, so every year is going to be bigger than the preceding year.”

Burton also said there are two new activities at the museum this year that will appeal to a wide range of patrons. A laser show will be held in the Astro Theater  of the museum on Saturday and Sunday, and tethered hot air balloon rides will run Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Burton explained the interactions the museum has gotten from astronauts coming and spending time at this event has been great.

“I’ve got to say the response we’ve had from Greg Johnson (Astronaut, pilot on STS-123 Endeavour, over 5,000 flight hours in more than 50 aircraft) has just been so overwhelming,” he said. “This will be his fourth trip to the museum.I think that says a lot that he is willing to come back even now that he’s left the astronaut core and he is really just a private citizen. He is still interested in coming back.”

For the full story, see the Saturday, Juyl 12 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.