While NASA plans to send the first woman and the first person of color to the moon by 2030, enthusiasm for our nearest heavenly neighbor is greater than it has been in decades.
So this Saturday why not stick your head out the window and give the moon a few minutes of your time?
Looking at the rock in the distance, you will be doing your part to International Observe the Moon Night, an annual event aimed at âencouraging the observation, appreciation and understanding of the moon and its connection to the exploration and discovery of NASAâ.
If it’s cloudy outside or you’re up for something more common, then simply join the Virtual Observation Party hosted by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 16. You can visit through the event’s Facebook page or by hitting the play button on the embedded video at the top of this page.
The online party will include a planetarium show featuring a close-up view of the lunar surface, flyovers of lunar features, and information about NASA’s upcoming VIPER mission that will chase water ice off the moon’s south pole.
You’ll also learn about NASA’s Artemis missions that will send humans to the lunar surface for the first time since 1972, while a panel of special guests will also be on hand to offer their thoughts on the moon.
“Now is the perfect time to celebrate the moon with people all over Earth as excitement grows about NASA’s return to our nearest heavenly neighbor with Artemis missions,” NASA said in a post. on its website. “Artemis will land the first woman and the first person of color on the moon, using innovative technologies to explore areas of the lunar surface that have never been discovered before.”
International Observe the moon nightyour location since 2010, with the event always taking place in September or October, as fall offers some of the best viewing opportunities.
âWhether it’s outdoors, at home, online or wherever you are, you are encouraged to be a part of International Observe the Moon Night“said NASA.