Durango’s Powerhouse Marks Apollo 14’s 50th Anniversary
The Powerhouse is an all-ages interactive science center located
on the banks of the Animas River in Durango, Colorado. Visitors are invited to
explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts through
permanent and traveling exhibitions in a welcoming environment that nurtures
curiosity, imagination and play.
This year and the next, the Powerhouse will
commemorate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 14 mission and Durango-born astronaut
Stuart Roosa, Command Module pilot on this third crewed mission to the moon.
Roosa, a former smoke jumper with the U.S. Forest Service, carried a small
canister holding 500 tree seeds aboard the Kitty Hawk orbiter. The seeds
orbited the moon 34 times before being brought back to Earth for germination
and became known as the Moon Trees. Many were distributed across the country as
part of the United States’ Bicentennial in 1976, and The Powerhouse is proud to
welcome its own Moon Tree to Durango as part of our anniversary celebration.
This American sycamore tree celebrates the next steps in human space
exploration and serves as a symbol of inspiration.
The Powerhouse is also hosting the Apollo 14 Speaker Series, a
live event accessed via Facebook Live (@powscicenter). Hosted the second Sunday
of the month at 4:30 p.m. through May 2021, speakers in the series will
represent a wide range of expertise in spaceflight, engineering and astronomy. November
will feature professors Callie Cole and Charles Hakes from Fort Lewis College
on Observing Space from Earth and December will feature astronomers Mary
Nancyboy and David Begay presenting Navajo Skies. 2021 Speaker Series topics
include the Apollo program, Colorado’s aerospace industry, Observing Earth from
Space, and From the Moon to Mars.
Visit The Powerhouse from October through April
for a series of moon and Apollo-themed special exhibitions. A
Smithsonian-developed exhibit featuring high resolution images from the Lunar
Reconnaissance Orbiter opens October 31 and Apollo artifacts from the Johnson
Space Center–including lunar rock models, an EMU spacesuit and the hatch from an
Apollo Command Module–follow three months later on January 31.
For more information on the Apollo 14 Mission Speaker Series and exhibition, please visit the Powerhouse Science Center’s website at www.powsci.org and their Facebook page. Stay curious!