“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
July 20, 2019, marked the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing and Neil Armstrong’s famous moonwalk. In 1969, this iconic moment in history gripped the attention of millions of people around the world who watched the events unfold live on their TV sets at home. Now, 50 years later, the historic mission to the moon is still just as captivating as it was in 1969, for both new generations and those who experienced it live.
Honoring the Apollo 11 mission and its impact on science and society, science centers and museums around the globe celebrated the 50th anniversary with themed activities, programs, and events. The worldwide celebrations featured everything from space-themed science activities—including rocket launches, model lunar rover races, and lunar landing simulations—interactive space exhibitions; riveting discussions with current and former astronauts; moon parties (and many a “moon pie”); and showings of the original footage of the Apollo 11 mission as it unfolded five decades ago.
Relive the Apollo 11 mission and check out a fun snapshot of the many ASTC-member celebrations below.
Thank you for celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing with us! #Apollo #Apollo11 #Apollo50 #NASA #MoonLanding #Space #Science #Aerospace #Downey#CMSC #SpaceCenter pic.twitter.com/SfXr5hg16f
— Columbia Space Cntr (@columbiaspace) July 21, 2019
— LASM (@LASM) July 20, 2019
Don’t miss our “Apollo Chats” at 10:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. today. You’ll meet our moon rock, learn more about our #Apollo capsule (yes, it’s really been in space!) and get an inside look at what living in space is like! 🛰️ #StayCuriousCLEhttps://t.co/tomo0fuV95 pic.twitter.com/OKCE19Vujz
— Great Lakes Science (@GLScienceCtr) July 20, 2019
Our celebration of the moon landing is underway. Families are making stomp rockets and lunar landers and exploring Shuttle Blake. We’re open until 10 p.m. with $5 admission after 5 p.m. Come out to do telescope viewing and hands-on space activities. https://t.co/q3TxJlmaLC pic.twitter.com/SZZ5LEM1iq
— Da Vinci Science Center (@davinciscience) July 20, 2019
Having a blast here at Lunarleap50! Come celebrate #apollo50th here until 5 p.m., the party continues with @kscosmosphere & @lakeafton this evening 🚀🌑 #ilovewichita #wichitaks #wichitaevents #ictevents #STEM #museum #EPlovesNASA 📢 @KMUW pic.twitter.com/gcod01ZB35
— Exploration Place (@DiscoverAtEP) July 20, 2019
It’s #MoonWalkWeekend! Celebrate #50Years since landing on the moon with fun-filled themed activities and the debut of #LANDER fulldome feature film (2 days only) to learn about Canadian contributions to the historic Apollo program. pic.twitter.com/g7PHVC44TN
— Discovery Centre (@DiscoveryCntr) July 20, 2019
TODAY! Join us for Moon Mania: The 50th Anniversary of #Apollo11! All weekend, we’re celebrating the historic day that humans walked on the #Moon, with new shows in the planetarium, astronaut activities, a space-approved food menu, and beyond. https://t.co/S45VkeR25A pic.twitter.com/WAgI6Do5U3
— LibertyScienceCenter (@LibertySciCtr) July 20, 2019
We kicked off our #Apollo11 anniversary celebrations last night with a fantastic edition of LIVE@Frost Science with @SenBillNelson. He shared his voyage to space as a crew member on the Space Shuttle Columbia and insights on the future of space exploration. #Apollo50th pic.twitter.com/0P7cLq2KIq
— Frost Science (@FrostScience) July 20, 2019
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🌙Thank you for spending #Apollo11 #MoonLanding Day with #CincyMuseum! We love that you were as over the moon about it as we were with Space Day, #Apollo11Film showing and more. Thanks for visiting @enquirer & @smallstepsaregiantleaps! Thanks for partnering @holocaustandhumanity, @ponesinc, @sweet_jazz_treats, @uofcincy, @drakeplanetarium, @l3harristech, @daytonhistory, and @geaviation! Happy #Apollo50! #ohiofindithere #summerincincy
— Milwaukee P. Museum (@MKEPublicMuseum) July 20, 2019
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We continued the #apollo50th celebrations today with a panel on U.S. space exploration in the Kirkpatrick Planetarium! The conversation was moderated by House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee chairwoman @repkendrahorn and included @oklahomacareertech Director Dr. Marcie Mack, @universityofokla professor of Russian and Soviet Studies Dr. Melissa Stockdale, author of “Oklahomans and Space: Chronicles of the Amazing Contributions of Oklahomans in the Aerospace Industry” Bill Moore, and Executive Director of Oklahoma Advanced Technology Initiatives Division of Strategic Development for the @choctawnationok, James Grimsley. #apollo11anniversary #apollo50 #apolloat50 #invitecongress
Check out our new exhibit, “Apollo 50: Small Steps to a Giant Leap,” and celebrate the anniversary of the first Moon Landing from 11 am to 6 pm today! We’re following the Apollo 11 mission in real time in the Science Thearer, with touchdown at 1:18 pm PD… https://t.co/l0rfcso4V8 pic.twitter.com/iH5yCSjmz9
— Science Works Museum (@Science_Works) July 20, 2019
It’s July 20th and we’re getting ready for a Moon Party #Apollo50th ! Moon shows, a guest speaker, blacklight room, activities and the Apollo 11 Mission in https://t.co/mCyUe8O0RS pic.twitter.com/JxIsRZUBQy
— Evansville Museum (@evvmuseum) July 20, 2019
— Adler Planetarium (@AdlerPlanet) July 20, 2019
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— Ontario Science Centre 🔬 (@OntScienceCtr) July 20, 2019
¡Último día de actividades con motivo del 50 Aniversario de la llegada a la Luna! 👨🚀👨🏻🚀👨🚀🚀🌑
— Universum Museo (@UniversumMuseo) July 21, 2019
It’s a beautiful day for a Rocket Launch! 🚀
Stop into Imagination Station to build your own rocket as part of #OneGiantLeap – celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Lunar Landing.
— Imagination Station (@ISTscience) July 20, 2019
Feeling nostalgic about the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing? Stop by the Discovery Center to see our very own moon rock. NASA loaned a lunar sample to the Anchorage Museum in 2009. It is 3.3 billion years old & was collected during the 1971 Apollo 15 mission. pic.twitter.com/JWiOoEkYJh
— Anchorage Museum (@AnchorageMuseum) July 20, 2019
On this day in 1969, humans first walked on the Moon. We’re celebrating 50 years of the Moon landing with a week of events, including mini performances about the landing. There will even be the chance to touch a genuine Moon rock! #Moon50 More info: https://t.co/bfBxQ6bLCy
— Life Science Centre (@scienceatlife) July 20, 2019
— Asheville Museum of Science (@Avl_Science) July 20, 2019
Performances artistiques, ateliers, conférences, video mapping, expériences de réalité virtuelle … on ne sait plus où donner de la tête ce soir au Palais de la Découverte !!! #festival #gratuit jusqu’à 2h du matin !https://t.co/aepilGXRlS pic.twitter.com/rGTD77EjPs
— Palais découverte (@palaisdecouvert) July 20, 2019
Celebrate #Apollo50 TONIGHT at Spark!!!!
So much is happening!
There is an anti-gravity room (aka bouncy castles)!
The Social Eatery will be open and there will be 8 #local breweries on-site!
Plus moon-themed everything!
— TELUS Spark (@TELUS_Spark) July 20, 2019
Take a journey into outer space! Try your hand at building the perfect rocket ship in our S.P.A.C.E. Gallery and see what new heights you can reach. Or see a piece of the Moon close up in our Destination: Moon 3D Theatre. #space #yeg #moonrock #mytwose https://t.co/T6f0fKWDut pic.twitter.com/x3D50vPv6O
— #MyTWOSE (@TWoSEdm) July 21, 2019