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.

Race to the Moon at the Kennedy Space Center

At the NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, visitors can touch a moon rock, walk beneath the giant Saturn V rocket, and see the Apollo astronaut transfer van that ferried Apollo astronauts to Launch Pad 39A as part of the Race to the Moon exhibit. Regular adult admission to KSC and its rocket garden is $57. Download the free smartphone app before you go via Google Play or the App Store.


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