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.

Pen Your Own Moon Story

Fisher pens have been issued to NASA astronauts for space missions since 1968. Ink an order for one of 500 individually-numbered, 50th anniversary edition Fisher Space Pens made of black titanium nitride-plated brass, its cap fused with an authentic artifact of Kapton thermal foil flown on the Apollo 11 Columbia module. The body features diamond-cut engravings of the Eagle’s landing. Priced at $700, including a certificate of authenticity for the foil cap.


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