Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon landing with six activities – seven if you watch the video highlights!

Buzz walks past some rocks, easily carrying scientific equipment experiments, which would have been too heavy to carry on Earth. Source NASA
Fifty years’ ago, on July 16, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins lifted off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA, and set off for the Moon. It took them four days to reach their destination and, while Michael orbited the Moon in the command module, Neil and Buzz landed Apollo 11’s lunar module, becoming the first humans to set foot on the lunar surface.

Video highlights from the historic first manned landing on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969. Source: NASA

Buzz walks past some rocks, easily carrying scientific equipment experiments, which would have been too heavy to carry on Earth. Source NASA

NASA is celebrating this 50-year anniversary with some pretty cool events, and you don’t necessarily have to be in the US to enjoy them. We’ve also added some ideas of our own.

Meet Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins!

Tuesday 16 July, 9:15am EDT: Buzz and Michael, two of the astronauts who manned Apollo 11 all those years ago, will take part in a televised question and answer session. You can watch the two talk about their mission to the Moon live on NASA Television or on the NASA Live webpage: https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

Launch your own rocket!

Tuesday 16 July, anytime: The US Space & Rocket Center is calling on everyone, worldwide, to launch their own rockets. “Any type of rocket is welcome, and no launch is too small. So, whether you’re launching a model rocket, one made from paper and a drinking straw or something in between, your launch counts towards the Global launch.” https://rocketcenter.com/apollo50/GlobalLaunch

Celebrate with NASA in Washington, USA!

Thursday 18 July – Saturday 20 July: NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum are hosting the Apollo 50 Festival, a free three-day event on the National Mall in Washington, USA. The event will include exhibits, speakers, demonstrations and a host of fun activities for the entire family. NASA researchers, scientists and engineers will showcase the agency’s newest technologies and innovations that will take us forward to the Moon and on to Mars: https://airandspace.si.edu/apollo-50-festival

Take pictures of the Moon!

Any day, any time: Use the world’s largest robotic telescope to take images of the Moon. All you need to do is register with the National Schools Observatory, and you’re away: https://futurumcareers.com/101-things-to-see-in-space-and-all-from-your-living-room

Watch the two films Apollo 11 and Armstrong in cinemas around the world!

Apollo 11 is rated Universal and has fantastic reviews on IMBd.

Armstrong is rated PG and follows Neil Armstrong’s life from childhood to his first steps on the Moon.

Check out Moon50.uk for events, activities and resources!

The Association for Science and Discovery Centres and the UK Space Agency have come together to share a huge range of Moon events, festivals, activities and resources created in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing: https://moon50.uk

Let us know how you’re celebrating this 50th anniversary by tagging us (@futurumcareers) on Insta, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or YouTube, We’ll give you a high five!

Read more about this:

NASA: Events celebrating Apollo’s 50th Anniversary

US Space & Rocket Center: Apollo 50th Anniversary Celebration Events

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