Talk ‘fables and facts’ at this 50th anniversary celebration of the moon landing

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VIRGINIA BEACH — As Hampton Roads celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that put the first man on the moon — some people, known as “conspiracy theorists,” aren’t convinced.

Whether or not you believe the historic launch is myth or fact, ODU Pretlow Planetarium Director Justin Mason is talking about everything Apollo at The Moon Landing: Facts, Fables, and Fun event Thursday.

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Mason said the idea is to talk about the “whats, hows, and obstacles the team had to overcome” 50 years ago, but also the facts behind the “theories and hoax in a relaxed setting.”

Attendees can ask about the lack of stars in the famous photos of the moon landing or the way the flag seemed to flap in an atmosphere with no wind, Mason said he’ll “pick apart those theories and provide the scientific reasoning behind them.”

The event is free and open to the public who register to attend Croc’s 19th Street Bistro where they’re serving specially named drinks like the “Man on the Moon Mojito.”

To end the night Mason said there’ll be telescopes for guests to view Jupiter and Saturn with assistance from the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers. 

Apollo mission enthusiasts and those who have questions can register for the informative social event by clicking here.

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Lucretia Cunningham is a multimedia journalist at Southside Daily covering hyper-local stories in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Her stories focus on public safety, tourism, and city government. She is a Virginia transplant and military spouse originally from Chicago. Lucretia also served on active duty from 2006 to 2016 and started her journalism career as a broadcaster in the Virginia Air National Guard. When she’s not covering stories on the Southside, she’s covering stories with her Air National Guard unit.