Outdoor Pop-Up Science Experience: The Apollo 13 Landing

August 19, 2021 | Two Sessions 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

Program Description:. In 2020, NASA celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, which was the seventh crewed mission in the Apollo space program and the third meant to land on the Moon. The craft was launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 11, 1970, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank in the service module failed two days into the mission.

Kathryn Johnson, an African American mathematician, who worked for NASA during the Apollo mission, was integral in helping land the Apollo 13 safely home with her mathematical calculations.  In this workshop, children will hear about her amazing story in Counting on Kathryn by Helaine Becker.

Children will then design, build and test their own Lunar Space Capsule to safely slow down as it “returns to Earth!”  Each capsule will be timed as it safely lands.  (This is one time where being the fastest is not the winner! The slower it lands the better!)

This program is for children ages 3-7 and space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Cost:  MHCM Members: $6; non-members $10 per child (parents / caregivers FREE)

Please Note: The main museum building is currently closed for renovations.  This special socially-distanced outdoor program will be held in MHCM’s open-air waterfront pavilion.  Due to the increase of the Delta variant in our community, face masks are required of all participants.


Pop-Up Science / Apollo 13 Landing Session 1 – 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Pop-Up Science / Apollo 13 Landing Session 2 – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Our Summer Space Science STEM programs have been developed with the generous support of Marshall & Sterling and Tompkins Mahopac Bank.