Apollo at 50: A Celebration Guide

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

Museum of the Moon, October 2017, Leeds, England. (Museum of the Moon / Carl Milner)
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Here on the national mall, 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 man 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. Our suggestions for activities leading up to the July 20 anniversary follow.

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. Check in at brown.edu/initiatives/ri-space-grant.

(Eric Long / NASM 2009-4790)

At the National Air and Space Museum, in Washington, D.C., Apollo celebrations have begun. The spacesuit worn by Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong has been undergoing restoration and will be among dozens of Apollo artifacts on view in July. The Apollo Lunar Module number 2 (LM-2), a two-stage vehicle designed to ferry two astronauts from lunar orbit to the surface and back, is displayed in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall. The LM-2 module on display was built without landing gear for an unmanned test orbit of the Earth, and is now modified to look like the Apollo 11 Eagle for display at the Museum. Find more events taking place this July 16–20, both inside the Museum and outdoors on the National Mall by visiting airandspace.si.edu/apollo50.

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