Apollo at 50: A Celebration Guide

The 50 best films, events, books, websites, and souvenirs.

Museum of the Moon, October 2017, Leeds, England. (Museum of the Moon / Carl Milner)

On the National Mall in Washington, D.C., at museums and theaters across the country, at most NASA centers, and in cities and towns around the world, people will celebrate that one small step taken 50 years ago when a person from Earth first walked on the moon. We’ve surveyed the plans and selected some of our favorite ways to remember and learn about the Apollo program leading up to the July 20 anniversary.

Above: We begin with a rare opportunity to see the moon’s far side: The Museum of the Moon, an illuminated, 23-foot-diameter balloon, designed by British installation artist Luke Jerram from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images, will be in Providence, Rhode Island this July. Plans are to exhibit it at the Rhode Island State House.

Columbia On Display in Seattle

Destination Moon, a touring exhibit of 20 Smithsonian artifacts related to the first lunar landing, includes the command module Columbia, the spacecraft that returned the Apollo 11 astronauts to Earth. Visit the Museum of Flight in Seattle between April 13 and September 2 to see Columbia as it concludes its only tour in almost 50 years. The Museum of Flight also has a child-friendly version for hands-on play. Admission is $10 plus the general admission of $25, though several free community days are planned. Details at museumofflight.org.


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