What: On Saturday, Sept.18, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and NASA’s Lunar Quest Program will hold the first “International Observe the Moon Night,” in which visitors will have the opportunity to speak to scientists and engineers to learn more about the moon. News media representatives and the public are invited to participate, and admission is free.

The event will include several hands-on activities for children and adults, including an inflatable planetarium show that will allow visitors to learn more about the stars, moon and planets. Several large amateur telescopes will be set up to view the moon’s features. Visitors can take 3-D trips to the moon on the astronomy van, getting a magnified, command-module-like window view of the moon lunar surface.

The event is designed to engage the lunar science and education community, amateur astronomers, space enthusiasts and the general public in an annual lunar observation event to allow them to share in the excitement of lunar science and space exploration.

For more about International Observe the Moon Night visit: http://observethemoonnight.org/

Who: Dr. Rob Suggs, NASA Space Environments Team lead and manager of the Lunar Impact Monitoring Project at the Marshall Center

When: Saturday, Sept. 18
Event: 5-8 p.m. CDT
Interviews with Dr. Rob Suggs: 6-8 p.m. CDT

Where: NASA’s Educator Resource Center, next to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and the Huntsville Marriott.

To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact Kim Newton in the Marshall Public & Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than close of business Sept. 17. Media must report to NASA’s Educator Resource Center to participate in the event. Directions: Take Interstate 565 to exit 15 for Madison Pike toward Sparkman Drive/Bob Wallace Avenue. Keep right at the fork, follow signs to the Space & Rocket Center. Take the first left after the Marriott entrance.