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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 at Science Centers and Museums

Visitors to the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with a weekend of space-themed programs and activities, including engineering and launching miniature rockets.

“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.


Columbia Space Center
Downey, California, United States


Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States


Great Lakes Science Center
Cleveland, Ohio, United States


Da Vinci Science Center
Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States


Exploration Place
Wichita, Kansas, United States


Discovery Centre
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


Liberty Science Center
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States


Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Miami, Florida, United States


Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

EcoExploratorio
San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States

Carnegie Science Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Milwaukee Public Museum
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States


Science Museum Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
 
 
 
 
 
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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

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Science North
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Science Works Museum
Ashland, Oregon, United States


Evansville Museum
Evansville, Indiana, United States


Adler Planetarium
Chicago, Illinois, United States


Bell Museum
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
 
 
 
 
 
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@nasa lunar samples are on view until 5pm today (Batman approved)!#apollo50

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Ontario Science Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Science Museum of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
 
 
 
 
 
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NASA’s Col. Mark Vande Hei joins us today to share his own experience in space in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing! #apollo50th

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Universum, Museo de las Ciencias
Mexico City, Mexico


Imagination Station
Toledo, Ohio, United States


Anchorage Museum
Anchorage, Alaska, United States


Life Science Centre
Newcastle Upon Tyne, England


Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States

Asheville Museum of Science
Asheville, North Carolina, United States


Mobius Science Center
Spokane, Washington, United States

Palais de la découverte
Paris, France


The Sandbox Children’s Museum
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States

Long Island Children’s Museum
Garden City, New York, United States

Eugene Science Center
Eugene, Oregon, United States

TELUS Spark
Calgary, Alberta, Canada


American Museum of Science and Energy
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States

Delaware Museum of Natural History
Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Discovery Station at Hagerstown
Hagerstown, Maryland, United States

TELUS World of Science – Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Chabot Space & Science Center
Oakland, California, United States