USA Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing


July 12, 2019

July 16 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch and then its famous landing on the surface of the moon on July 20. It is such a great time of year—just celebrating the Fourth of July, a World Cup title for the US Women’s Soccer Team, and now looking back on one of the country’s biggest accomplishments! On these dates in 1969, a team of NASA scientists and astronauts solidified the country’s “space race” position as they successfully documented the lunar landing. Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong went down in history, and now the country is commemorating the efforts of all involved.

The original NASA Johnson Space Center mission control room has been restored to its former glory for the occasion. The control room takes us on a blast from the past as it emulates its 1969 design and layout—but all this restoration didn’t come easily, and it took several years and $5 million to complete. Visitors can check it out now!

Below are just a few other ways the US is celebrating this astonishing breakthrough in space exploration:

Apollo 11 The Immersive Live Show

What better way to celebrate than by reenacting the landing and putting audiences right in the action? A live immersive show of the 1969 lunar landing is running through this fall in Los Angeles, Costa Mesa, California, and Houston, Texas. 40,000 square feet of projection gives a lifelike model of how it all happened fifty years ago.

Tickets are available on apollo11show.com—be sure to get yourself an experience with a piece of American history!

Apollopalooza

Apollopalooza is a weeklong event celebrating the momentous anniversary—if you love the Rocky Mountains and the Apollo 11, then this is the place for you! Enjoy various activities, speakers, displays, and more! Apollopalooza runs July 13–20 at the Wings Museum in Denver, Colorado.

Get your tickets and more information at wingsmuseum.org.

Apollo 50th Gala

We all love a good excuse to dress up, right? Celebrate this anniversary the best and most extravagant way possible at the Apollo Saturn V Center in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on July 16. Celebrity guests, members of the Apollo crews, and other VIPs will be in attendance for this black-tie affair.

Tickets are available at apollo50thgala.com

Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is already a must when visiting New York City, so why not go to see the Apollo’s Muse this year? Everything from drawings to the camera that was used on the Apollo 11 will be on display! This exhibit is happening now through September 22.

Get your tickets and more information here at metmuseum.org

Space & Rocket Center’s Celebration Car Show

The NASA Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will be hosting a vintage car show with vehicles from the Apollo era this weekend, July 13. Not only will there be some incredible cars—but they will also have a full-scale, operable Apollo Lunar Rover replica on display! Be sure to check out all the other amazing exhibits and events at the center while you’re in town!

Visit rocketcenter.com to get more information.

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