Chicagoans at the Columbian Ball explored all the Museum of Science and Industry has to offer.
THE PARTY With drinks in hand, 700 partygoers explored the Museum of Science and Industry’s most popular exhibits, including The Science Behind Pixar and the U-505 submarine. Between dinner, a lively discussion and dancing the night away to Maggie Speaks, the Columbian Ball was surely an event no one could forget. THE PEOPLE To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 launch, mission crew members Col. Frank Borman, Capt. Jim Lovell and Maj. Gen. Bill Anders joined journalist and event emcee Bill Kurtis to discuss the journey and the future of space exploration. THE PINNACLE Delighting guests, members of the International Astronomical Union made a rare move by unveiling the new names of three moon features, all honoring the Apollo 8 team: Mount Marilyn, Anders’ Earthrise and 8 Homeward. In total, the celebration helped raise more than $2 million for museum exhibits and educational programs, all to inspire the next generation of scientific explorers. -Jaclyn Jermyn
Photos by Kasumi Chow and John Wheeler