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!

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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!

Exceptional: A Full-Size LM (Lunar Module) on Display in the Gardens of Cité de l’espace
Since July 21st and until the end of the MOON EPISODE II exhibition, Cité de l’espace is displaying 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.

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 yet to come:

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

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.

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”?) By Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA CEO from 2003 to 2015. A conference debate proposed by Cité de l’espace’s Friends Association (AACE), in partnership with Cité de l’espace, the CNES Alumni Association (3ACNES) and Aeronautic Astronautics Association of France (3AF).

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 – “Space exploration: from the Moon to Mars” By Francis Rocard, astrophysicist at CNES. A conference-debate proposed by the Cité de l’espace’s Friends Association (AACE), in partnership with Cité de l’espace, the CNES Alumni Association (3ACNES) and Aeronautic Astronautics Association of France (3AF).

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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