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.

Official Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Gala

(Buzz Aldrin Ventures)

On July 13 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Air Force One Pavilion in Simi, California, astronaut Buzz Aldrin will host a black tie/white spacesuit Anniversary Gala and four-course dinner joined by fellow astronauts Walt Cunningham, Charlie Duke, and Dave Scott, a dozen Space Shuttle astronauts, actor Gary Sinise, and musician Tommy James. While the VIP ticket sponsorship option at $3,500 is sold out, standard gala tickets at $1,000 are available and include an 8X10 print photo of yourself with Buzz Aldrin.


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