Special Opportunities


50 years ago, the astronauts of Apollo 11 planted their moon boots on the lunar surface and captured the imagination of the nation. Now — half a century later — it’s the time for a new generation to experience the magic and majesty of that first “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

During 2019, join museums throughout North Carolina for a healthy dose of space mania with Lift Off NC: Apollo + Beyond, a celebration of 50 years of space and lunar explorations. This website will be your connection to all the events happening in celebration, including festivals, exhibits, lunar and star parties, movies, rocket launches, space camps, astronomy days, musical performances, educational programming ... and even a few Star Wars-themed events!



Founded by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, the IMPACTS program is a prestigious and highly competitive program that provides scientists and STEM professionals with high-quality science communication workshops and real-world application of their newly acquired skills.  



During this 7th annual Statewide Star Party, astronomy clubs, state and local parks, universities, planetariums, science centers, nature centers, and libraries will host public skywatching sessions at more than 50 sites across North Carolina. In July, these sites will host additional events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of humans landing on the moon.