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Moon Shot: Celebrating the Apollo 11 Anniversary

NASA’s Apollo 11 spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 16 July, 1969 with a mission of bringing humans to the moon’s surface for the first time. 

The launch was televised live in 33 countries, with an estimated 25 million viewers in the United States alone. Millions more around the world listened to radio broadcasts.

More than 600 million people watched in wonder five days later when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon. 

Cities around the world are marking Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary in ways big and small. Here’s how you can get in on some of the moon magic. 

New York, NY

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The museum is presenting “Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography.” The exhibition charts visual representations of the moon from the invention of photography through the present. 

The Intrepid

The sea, air, and space museum has launched a new exhibit called “Apollo 11: Media, the Moon and Beyond,” which highlights archived media coverage of the launch. 

Washington, DC

Air and Space Museum

On 16, 17, and 18 July the Air and Space Museum will project an image of the Saturn V rocket onto the side of the Washington Monument. Visit from 9:30pm-11:30pm each evening. 

An accompanying 17-minute show “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon,” will be presented on 19 and 20 July.

National Gallery of Art

By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs” includes iconic NASA photographs of the astronauts and the missions as well as photographs of the moon from the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Kennedy Space Center, Florida

The Apollo mission launched from the Kennedy Space Center, so it’s only natural that the Center is hosting a full schedule events that compliment the timeline of the original mission. See the full list of concerts, tours, and other events.

London, UK

Natural History Museum

Luke Jerram’s installation ‘Museum of the Moon’ (https://my-moon.org) uses NASA imagery to create a detailed, spherical sculpture of the moon. Visit for free. More info here

Canberra, Australia

A group of Australian former NASA employees will host a series of events celebrating the moon launch and the important role played by Australia in the mission. 

Cork, Ireland

Blackrock Castle Observatory is offering a program of free events, including and interactive ‘Cork Moon Walk,’ talks and kids events.

Where will you be celebrating? Tweet us your plans @AvgeeksAero.

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