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TO THE MOON | Apollo 14 Astronaut & Moonwalker Edgar Mitchell in Roanoke

Dr. Edgar Mitchell

The Science Museum of Western Virginia is bringing Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell – one of only eight moonwalkers still living – to Roanoke and Blacksburg on Sept. 20 and 21.

The highlight of Mitchell’s visit will be To the Moon, a special dinner event Friday, Sept. 20, 7-10 p.m.

 

 

TO THE MOON: TICKETS & SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS

Friday, September 20, 7:00 p.m.

Dress attire: Semi-formal (NASA flight suit allowed).

RSVP by Sept. 6. Proceeds benefit the Science Museum of Western Virginia.

Tickets: $90/person ($40 of which is tax-deductible).

Admission includes:

  • A short film and presentation by Mitchell;
  • Photographs of attendees with Mitchell against the iconic “Earthrise” backdrop;
  • Lunar-themed cuisine by Center Stage Catering;
  • Tang Cocktails, beer or wine from our stellar bar (additional beverages available for purchase);
  • And an “out-of-this-world” auction of space-inspired items.

MOONWALKER SPONSOR $5000 (limit 2) ($2500 tax-deductible with following benefits)

  • 2 seats on private jet escorting Capt. Mitchell from, or return to, Florida.
  • 8 tickets to TO THE MOON dinner
  • 8 tickets to VIP Pre-Launch Reception
  • 2 autographed copies of Capt. Mitchell’s “The Way of the Explorer”
  • 2 framed 8×10 photo of sponsor party with Capt. Mitchell
  • Recognition in promotional materials and news releases accompanying all of Capt. Mitchell’s appearances Sept. 20-21 in Roanoke and Virginia Tech.

 ORBIT SPONSOR $2500 ($1250 tax-deductible with following benefits)

  • 8 tickets to TO THE MOON dinner
  • 8 tickets to VIP Pre-Launch Reception
  • 2 autographed copies of Capt. Mitchell’s “The Way of the Explorer “
  • Framed 8×10 photo of sponsor party with Capt. Mitchell
  • Recognition in TO THE MOON promotional materials

LAUNCH SPONSOR $1000 ($500 tax-deductible with following benefits)

  • 8 tickets to TO THE MOON dinner
  • 2 tickets to VIP Pre-Launch Reception
  • Autographed copy of Capt. Mitchell’s “The Way of the Explorer”

Click here to purchase “To the Moon” tickets or sponsorships or contact Michael Hemphill, 540.342.5718.

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In addition to “To the Moon,” Mitchell will appear Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Lyric Theatre, and at 1 p.m. at Virginia Tech’s Fralin Life Science Institute. Autographed books will be available for sale at the Lyric. Mitchell is donating a portion of book sales to the Science Museum. These free events are co-presented by the Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology.

The Science Museum will host three presentations by Mitchell:

  • Sept. 20, 4 p.m. Free, exclusively for school teachers. Reservations required via 342.5721, scheduler@smwv.org.
  • Sept. 21, 11 a.m. Paid museum admission or museum membership is required. Reservations via Jinnee Young, 224.1204, jyoung@smwv.org.
  • Sept. 21, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mitchell book sale and signing. Paid museum admission or museum membership is required.

About Edgar Mitchell

On Feb. 5, 1971, Navy Capt. Edgar Mitchell became the sixth of only 12 men to step on the Moon. Of that elite dozen, which included Buzz Aldrin and the late Neil Armstrong 44 years ago, only eight now survive.

Mitchell, 82, was a test pilot for the U.S. Navy, and while on active duty he completed an M.S. in aeronautical engineering at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a doctorate in aeronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mitchell also served in combat during the Korean War as a fighter pilot. In 1970, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

He was Lunar Module pilot for the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, flying with Alan Shepard who was the first American in space. Shepard famously hit a golf shot on the lunar surface that made international news as the only sport played on the moon. Said Mitchell: “After we had rolled up the solar wind experiment and put it in the data box, I did my javelin throw and he did a golf shot for the first ‘Lunar Olympics.’”

The Apollo 14 mission landed in the Fra Mauro highlands, where the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission was supposed to have traveled. The mission was watched closely world-wide because it was America’s return to lunar missions after the Apollo 13 near-disaster. It also was the first mission devoted to doing science on the Moon, while Apollo 11 and 12 primarily were to prove that astronauts could function and work on the Moon’s surface.

After retiring from NASA in 1972, Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences and later wrote “The Way of the Explorer” to document his experiences with mysticism and space travel. He has spoken all over the world about the experiences and feelings of space travel.

 

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