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Adler After Dark: Retrorocket

  • Adler Planetarium 1300 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL, 60610 United States (map)

Nearly sixty years ago, the Soviet Union launched a small metal ball into orbit—the “Space Race” was on. Dig out your poodle skirt and horn-rimmed glasses as we go back to the 1950s at this retro Adler After Dark!

Learn more about early rocketry (literal rocket science) with special hands-on science programs, check out a special talk on the Mercury program and “The Right Stuff” from Roger D. Launius of the National Air & Space Museum, and hear some dramatic stories based on actual events from the early history of NASA and Mission Control. Plus explore artifacts from the period, including detailed rocket models and sci-fi-inspired prints from painter Chesley Bonestell at our “Collections Corner” program.

To top it off, dance your socks off with some classic rockabilly hits from Rosie and the Rivets over a Sidecar or Tom Collins à la your favorite character from Mad Men.

Earlier Event: January 14
Restoring Eggers Grove
Later Event: February 1
Free Admission Days at Field Museum