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2019: The Year of the Moon! A Rich Programme for a Special Year!

2019: The Year of the Moon! A Rich Programme for a Special Year!

Cité de l’espace offers you the chance to explore the moon, re-live past exploits and understand the current challenges of returning to our natural satellite.

In 2019, Cité de l’espace celebrates the 50th anniversary of Man first setting foot on the Moon and will be organising a broad programme of events around the lunar theme, both at Cité de l’espace and elsewhere in partnership with many cultural and scientific stakeholders in Toulouse.


50 years after we first set foot on the moon, on 21 July 1969 (UTC+1), projects for Man to return to the famous celestial body are becoming clearer. Cité de l’espace invites you with its new exhibition “MOON: EPISODE II” to prepare yourself for these new challenges.

Get on board for a lunar voyage “made in” Cité de l’espace. How? First of all by re-living the Apollo 11 exploits, with Neil ARMSTRONG’s and Buzz ALDRIN’s first steps on the moon, thanks to a retrospective full of emotions and memories. A unique way to explore the “dark side” of this event of global importance and the incredible challenges NASA’s teams had to solve 50 years ago.

The core of the exhibition will raise public awareness of the lunar environment, this celestial body which is so beautiful and at the same time so hostile, and the current challenges to be met to allow a sustainable human presence. Sensory experiences and surprising challenges are on the programme!

Sunday, July 21st, 2019: Apollo Day, the 50 years anniversary celebrating Man’s first step on the Moon

Cité de l’Espace will revive this extraordinary adventure which overwhelmed Humanity and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Man’s first step on the moon. An entire day to discover the incredible adventure of the Apollo missions, and astronauts’ Neil ARMSTRONG and Buzz ALDRIN who walked on the Moon on July 21, 1969 (UTC+1)! A program of animations, films and exceptional guests both to understand the challenges of the journey to the moon and to project us into the 21st century’s space exploration. Free entry event upon registration

Exceptional: A Full-Size LM (Lunar Module) on Display in the Gardens of Cité de l’espace
From July 21st until the end of the MOON EPISODE II exhibition, Cité de l’espace will have a full-size LM (Lunar Module), the module which landed men on the Moon on July 21, 1969!

New Imax ® film: Apollo 11, First Steps Edition

This film brings a new look on the famous Apollo 11 Mission thanks to unseen images and archives, to be discovered on a giant screen. Director Todd MILLER brings to the public this incredible scientific and human epic, delivering the atmosphere of the last preparations for takeoff, the first steps of man on the Moon and the return of this famous mission. This immersive experience offers a new look at one of humanity’s greatest achievements: Man on the Moon. Produced by Statement Pictures and CNN Films and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films. At the Cité de l’espace, from June 2019.

A rich and varied programme of encounters, films, conferences, meetings and events on a lunar theme 

Throughout the year, Cité de l’espace offers an eclectic and original programme allowing everyone to explore the Moon in a new light.

Main events:

Tuesday, April 30 at 6pm – Conference: Our journey on the lunar continent

Conference with Bernard FOING, ESA ESTEC astrophysicist, International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) executive director, IAA member, professor at VU Amsterdam, ISU, ISAE. Conference organized with the Academy of Air and Space at the José Cabanis Médiathèque in Toulouse.

Wednesday, May 15 from 5.30pm – Conference: From the first rockets manufacturing to the development of space activities 

Lecture with Laurent THIERRY, Doctor in History, Historian at La Coupole and a space historian. Exhibition “Diving in the hell of Dora, 9000 unique destinies” proposed at the Cité de l’espace from 5:30 pm on May 15th and until May 31st. Screening of the ARTE documentary film “Children of Buschdorf”. An event organized by the Friends of the Foundation for the Memory of the Deportation (Delegation 31) in partnership with ONAC, La Coupole, Friends of the Cité de l’espace and 3A CNES.

Tuesday, May 28 at 6.30pm – Conference: The prospects of lunar bases 

Conference with Linli GUO, Beijing Institute of Aerospace Systems Engineering Company, led by Michel BLANC, Astrophysicist at IRAP. Organized in partnership with the Academy of Air and Space and IRAP / OMP / CNRS. As part of the Moon Conferences. Free admission (registration recommended)

Space Rendez-vous and the Air & Space Cycle in partnership with 3AF, CNES, the Academy of Air and Space, the Association of Friends of the City of Space and the 3ACNES: program to discover on www.cite-espace.com

Friday, June 7 – 10th Children Scientific Congress: “Your high school on the Moon” 

For the Children Scientific Congress 10th edition, within the school and high school link framework, 500 pupils have for mission to imagine their “high school on the Moon”. After discovering our satellite’s constraints, they will have to find together innovative solutions to their new student life… on the Moon! Conducted in collaboration with the Academy of Toulouse Education Board and the Federal University, this project aims to generate interest in science and trust students by giving them the floor. Just like genuine congress researchers, they will share the results of their scientific work on June 7, 2019 at Cité de l’espace. This year the congress will also be organized in the region of Apulia in Italy, with local classes both on the same theme and same day. It will be coordinated by Cité de l’espace.

Friday, June 28 from 7pm to 7:30pm – The Moon and Opera Rendez-vous : « Werther »

Meeting around Jules MASSENET’s masterpiece, Werther (1893), presented at 8pm: Jean Jacques GROLEAU, playwright at the Capitole National Theater, and Serge GRACIEUX, Heritage Manager and Space expert at Cité de l’espace, will converse about Massenet’s Clair de Lune and the passionate relations between Man and our nearest star, the Moon. As part of the 50 years anniversary of the first step of Man on the Moon. From June 20th to July 2nd – Reservations: www.theatreducapitole.fr – 05 61 63 13 13.

Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 from 6.30pm to midnight – Moon Observation: “On the Moon again” Place du Capitole / Jolimont Observatory in Toulouse 

On the Moon Again: Watch the moon live, discover craters and the Apollo missions landing sites! Great observation evening to discover the Moon through a telescope or an astronomical telescope, and enjoy a whole program of activities. An event sponsored in France by Hubert REEVES and Claudie HAIGNERE supported by about fifty international scientists including several Nobel Prize winners. More information here: www.onthemoonagain.org/homefr

Every Thursday, from July 18th to August 22nd: Special Nocturnes 
Cité de l’Espace is open continuously from 10am to 11pm with special events such as telescope sky observations, garden lighting and mapping.

Sunday, July 21st: MOON PARTY, the 50 years anniversary event celebrating Man’s first step on the MOON
From 10am to 23.30pm (see above)

Friday, August 2 from 7pm to midnight – The stars’ night, Special Moon

From the stone to the star! An evening under the stars – organized in partnership with the French Association of Astronomy, Planète Sciences Occitanie and many regional actors of Astronomy, to discover the sky in another way.

Wednesday, October 2 at 6.30pm – Conference: Space: L’Europe peut-elle décrocher la Lune? (Can Europe “reach for the stars”?), organized by the Cité de l’espace Friends and CNES 3A.

Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 – Aerospace Festival “Stars and Wings” A rich program to talk about Air and Space for 2 days: Film Festival, Book Fair, Conferences, Simulators and Discovery workshops … With prestigious guests , while celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Concorde’s first flight and the Apollo missions. A World Space Week labelled event

Thursday, October 10 from 7pm to 7:30pm – The Moon and Opera Rendezvous: “Norma”

Meeting around Norma by Vincenzo BELLINI (performance at 20h): Jean Jacques GROLEAU, playwright at the Capitole National Theater and Serge GRACIEUX, Head of Heritage and Space expert at Cité de l’espace, will converse about one of the most fairly renowned belcanto, Casta Diva – a true ode to the Moon – and the passionate relations between Man and our nearest star. As part of the 50th anniversary of Man’s first step on the Moon. Norma: Reservations from June 5th on www.theatreducapitole.fr.

From Saturday, October 12th to Saturday, November 16th – SYMPOSIUM: Photography and Science – Residence 1+2

Aeronautical sciences & dynamic propulsion. An event sponsored by Sylvestre MAURICE, Astrophysicist and Planetologist at IRAP. Besides the propulsion question, Manon LANJOUERE will explore the question of the human body in space along with the themes of dream and the astronauts’ flight imagination, as part of the 50th anniversary of the Man on the moon.

Wednesday, October 16 at 8.30pm – Moon Party Evening organized with la Cave Poésie

With Jean-Pierre Luminet: astrophysicist, writer and poet who will give a lecture on Edgar Poe’s amazing scientific intuitions. An occasion to rediscover great texts of the literature focusing on the Moon, while observing our natural satellite in the Cité de l’espace…along with many other surprises.

Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30pm – From the Moon to Mars

Round table organized at Cité de l’espace in partnership with Les Amis de la Cité de l’espace and CNES.

Find our Lunar Space News file here

About Cité de l’espace 
Stimulating curiosity, the desire to learn more, creating scientific vocations, making space, astronomy and scientific culture accessible to all, these are the aims which underpin the Cité de l’espace’s activities with the support of its partners, especially Toulouse Métropole. Cité de l’espace is the leading European site for the distribution of space and astronomy news to the general public. Cité de l’espace is a Toulouse Métropole facility, opened in 1997 on the initiative of Toulouse City Hall, with the support of the Occitanie Region, its co-founders CNES, Airbus, Météo-France, the Ministry of National Education, and the participation of its associate partners, Thales Alenia Space, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Caisse d’Epargne Midi-Pyrénées,ESA (the European Space Agency), Canopé, TOULOUSE III Paul-Sabatier University, CNRS, OMP, IRAP, Snecma, Onera.

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