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Second Saturday Exhibition Open House

July 13, 2019, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Photo credit: Alicia Abla Miller.

The exhibition galleries and the William N. Deramus III Cosmology Theater will be open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Free admission and parking!


To the Moon: The Science of Apollo

March 28 – August 30, 2019

Funding for To the Moon has been provided by a generous gift from
Mike and Millie Brown and the Burns & McDonnell Foundation.


About the exhibition

July 20, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s and Buzz Aldrin’s first steps on the moon. Five additional Apollo missions sent 10 more astronauts to the lunar surface where they gathered rock samples and conducted scientific experiments. The exhibition, To the Moon, will relive Project Apollo and the behind-the-scenes story of how science got to and from the moon.

West Gallery – “The Science of Apollo”

Explore each of the six Apollo missions that successfully landed on the lunar surface. Using NASA images, mission reports, technical reports, and other material from the Library’s collection, topics include: geological features of the landing sites, the science experiments deployed by the astronauts, and Apollo’s scientific legacy. The gallery also features an Apollo 17 lunar sample on loan from the NASA Johnson Space Center.

Alcove – “Go for TLI”

At 8:30 p.m. on December 21, 1968, Mission Control in Houston informed the Apollo 8 crew that they were “go for TLI,” trans-lunar injection, the engine burn that would take the spacecraft on a trajectory to the moon. For the first time in history, humans left earth orbit. In the alcove, discover how NASA engineers accomplished the feat of getting spacecraft and astronauts to and from the lunar surface, beginning with the lunar-orbit rendezvous decision made in 1962 to the “all up” testing of the Saturn V rocket, and the ultimate triumph of Project Apollo with the safe return of every astronaut.

East Gallery: “Mapping the Moon: A History of Lunar Cartography”

View rare books from the Library’s History of Science collection that range from the 17th century to the 1960s. Books on display include Galileo’s 1610 Sidereus Nuncius and works by Johannes Hevelius, Francesco Fontana, and Giovanni Riccioli, among othersThe gallery concludes with images from NASA’s and the Soviet Union’s unmanned lunar probes from the 1960s to present day.


Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter.



July 13, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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