National Park Service: Village Evening Program – From the Canyon to the Moon, Astronaut Training At Grand Canyon

Meet at Grand Canyon Visitor Center Theater at 8:30 pm for Kevin Schindler’s presentation.

In preparation for their voyages to the Moon in the 1960s-70s, Apollo astronauts hiked into the Grand Canyon to hone their geology skills. Relive these expeditions and hear about why this training was so important. Who is the only one of the 24 astronauts to visit the Moon not to train at Grand Canyon? Join the program and find out!

Grand Canyon National Park Astronomer in Residence, Kevin Schindler is the historian and Public Information Officer at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he has worked for 28 years.

He shares Lowell’s long history of research and exploration through writing and public presentations and contributes articles for a variety of publications on subjects ranging from space and exploration to local history. Schindler contributes a bi-weekly astronomy column, “View from Mars Hill,” for the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper and has authored seven books, including Images of America: Northern Arizona Space Training, which features a chapter about the Grand Canyon. Fun fact: Kevin has both a fossil crab and asteroid named after him!

Free with Park Fee

  • Audience: Adult, Teen, Youth
  • Genre: Space & Astronomy
  • Type: Exhibit/Presentation

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May 26 2023


8:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Free with Park Fee

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Grand Canyon National Park - South Rim
8 S. Entrance Rd., Grand Canyon Village, AZ, 86023


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