"One small step for man… one giant leap for mankind." - Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969
WORCESTER - On Saturday, July 20, Worcester — and the world — will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Robert H. Goddard's realization of his dream to put a man on the moon.
Dr. Goddard, known as the father of the space age, was a Worcester resident. An engineer and physicist who successfully created and launched the first liquid-fueled rocket in 1926, he is honored for many of the developments that made spaceflight possible.
A group of Worcester businesses, organizations, and community leaders met in early January to plan a city wide celebration reminding the world that "you can't get to the moon without Worcester."
Led by Lauren Monroe, Co-Director of Technocopia, the group has planned a series of Goddard inspired events — from rocket launches to pressure suit fashion — highlighting significant contributions made in Central Massachusetts that have led to the advancement of space exploration and technology worldwide.
Events and locations for Worcester On The Moon & Beyond are listed here. All events are open to the public. Some events require a fee. Some events are free with admission. Some events are completely free. Please check the website for more detailed information.
Saturday, July 20 Events for Worcester On The Moon & Beyond:
In addition to the events on July 20, there are several events being held throughout the city that will lead up to the big day. They include:
Restaurants and retail venues participating in the event will be noted on a "star map" that visitors can use to find information on all of the Worcester On The Moon & Beyond happenings.
Worcester On The Moon & Beyond is a collaborative effort of a group of Worcester businesses, organizations, and community leaders, that have come together to celebrate the history of innovation and creativity in Worcester. The consortium includes Aldrich Astronomical Society, ArtReach, Clark University, the City of Worcester, Discover Central Massachusetts, Ecotarium, The Grid, Hunchback Graphics, Redemption Rock Brewing Company, Technocopia, The Wonder Mission, Worcester Bravehearts, Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester PopUp, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the Worcester Regional Food Hub.
For more information about Worcester On The Moon & Beyond, links to events, and to print a copy of the star map, please visit the website at www.worcesteronthemoon.com.
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