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Morehead will bring Astronauts Charlie Duke and Mae Jemison in 2019

Charlie Duke and Mae Jemison to visit North Carolina in 2019

Morehead will bring Astronauts Charlie Duke and Mae Jemison in 2019

CHAPEL HILL, NC – In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing, UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is welcoming Astronaut Charlie Duke, the 10th person to walk on the Moon, and Astronaut Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in space. These two live events will be part of Lift Off NC: Apollo + Beyond, a series of celebrations themed around the Apollo missions and space flight.

Charlie Duke walked on the Moon during Apollo 16. He is also well known for being the voice of mission control for Apollo 11. Duke’s Apollo 16 mission was the first scientific mission sent to the Moon and a video of Charlie on YouTube shows him taking samples from the Moon. As one of the 62 astronauts who trained at Morehead in the early 1960s, he is excited to be back. Charlie Duke will be speaking at The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History on Friday, February 22, 7 p.m. Tickets for Charlie Duke on sale now!

Dr. Mae Jemison blasted into orbit aboard the space shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992 making her the first woman of color to go into space. She served as a NASA astronaut for six years and was the science mission specialist on the STS-47 Spacelab J flight, a US/Japan Joint mission, where she conducted experiments in life sciences, material sciences, and was a co-investigator of the Bone Cell Research experiment. After leaving NASA, Dr. Jemison founded two organizations focused on the beneficial integration of science and technology into our everyday lives. Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential with Dr. Mae Jemison will be at The Carolina Theatre in Downtown Durham on Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. Special MC and host for this event is Astronaut Joan Higginbotham. Tickets for Mae Jemison on sale now!

Both of these events will be open to general audiences. Morehead members will have access to tickets at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26 while general public tickets will go on sale at noon the same day. Ticket prices begin at $30 and will be available for purchase on our website, moreheadplanetarium.org. Space is limited.  

Thanks in part to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the Frey Foundation, and the North Carolina Space Grant for making this speaker series possible.

 

About Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is a unit of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The Morehead Building houses the GSK Fulldome Theater, Science Stage, exhibits, and Morehead classrooms. Nearly 160,000 people visit the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center annually, including 85,000 schoolchildren.

Media Contact: Sarah Brown, sarmarie@email.unc.edu