Local science center celebrates upcoming 50th anniversary of moon landing

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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - July 20 marks fifty years since Apollo 11 landed on the moon.

"It was very emotional for me," said Steve Russo the Eastern Kentucky Science Center Director. "I remember tears running down my face."

The Eastern Kentucky Science Center has started celebrating the upcoming anniversary. Russo wants to make sure the day is remembered.

"It really had a big impact on me, and kind of reassured me as to what I wanted to do at the time," said Russo.

The science center has an exhibit called Many Inspired Steps. It shows the history behind the Apollo 11 mission. There is also a special video, The Apollo Story which is shown in the planetarium. Russo even has his own personal keepsakes in a showcase.

"It shows what you can do when you put your mindset to something that really from the get-go is really an impossible task," said Russo.

The main attraction is a set of moon rocks.

"Such a surreal moment," said Sha Reynolds who lives in Prestonsburg. "You never think you would have that opportunity to have something that far away in your hands, but we did."

Russo wants kids to learn from the hard work that went into the Apollo 11 mission.

"I try to portray to the kids that if you have a goal do it. I was 5 years old, and said I wanted to do this," said Russo. "I've been doing this for forty-seven years now. You got goals set them, go for them regardless of anything."

The Eastern Kentucky Science Center will have the exhibit available through July 20. On the evening of July 18, they will have another showing of The Apollo Story in the planetarium at 6 p.m.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Children four and under are free.

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