When the moon got trod on!

June 18, 2009

Between 1968 and 1972 nine American spacecraft voyaged to the Moon, and 12 men walked upon its surface. They remain the only human beings to have stood on another "place in space".

On Saturday July 18, Bingara and District Vision 20/20 will host an evening of entertainment at the Roxy Theatre in Bingara to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Moon walk that occurred on July 21, 1969.

The evening will include the viewing of the documentary movie "In the Shadow of the Moon" produced by Ron Howard, and featuring amazing footage of the Apollo Moon flights and some very revealing interviews with astronauts from all of the missions.

Families are especially welcome to come along and a special family ticket price of $50 for parents and all of their children is being offered. The price includes the movie, an "off the planet" Moon Food supper, drinks, and a presentation by the University of New England’s Astronomy Group including using telescopes to view the night sky.

Tickets are available from the Bingara Tourist Information Centre at the Roxy, phone 67240066.

School students can win one of two family tickets to the night. Entry forms can be collected at the Roxy or from participating schools. Students in K to 4 are asked to draw a picture titled "ME ON THE MOON", while students from 5 to 10 are asked to write, in fifteen words or less, "MY FIRST WORDS ON THE MOON WOULD BE.." Entries to be received at the Roxy by July 11.

For those who can remember, it’s the chance to re-live the experience, and for those too young to know, an opportunity to review the historical moment, "When the Moon got trod on!" at the Roxy Theatre, Bingara, Saturday July 18.