Check out these events near you to get your geek on and learn about the people who made the lunar landing possible.
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Those were the words spoken by Neil Armstrong as he set his left foot onto the moon on July 20, 1969, and they still ring true today.
It has been 50 years since NASA sent Apollo 11 to the moon, and there are plenty of events happening around Colorado to mark the occasion. July 20, 2019, marks a half-century since man first set foot on the celestial body.
The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is hosting Apollopallooza, a multiple-day event that goes until July 20. The event has been going on all week, with lectures, film presentations, guest speakers, and more. There are STEM activities for kids, chances to mingle with industry experts, and opportunities to hear from experts, both virtually and in person. The festival culminates in a viewing party on Saturday, July 20, a 1969-themed night with dancing, live music, drinks from Tivoli Brewing, BBQ, and a screening of footage from the Apollo 11 mission. This is a family-friendly event and should be loads of fun. Check out the full schedule of events here; daily passes and tickets for special events are available online.
CU Boulder is hosting a series of talks and presentations about the Apollo missions, as well as hosting a full-day festival on July 20. The event is family-friendly and has shows, talks, a STEM Lab, planetarium shows, live music, and lots of hands-on opportunities to celebrate man's mission to the moon. Check out the full event information right here. CU Boulder is currently playing a role in the revival of the moon program and is giving us a look at what their in-house experts and resources are contributing, along with celebrating the anniversary of the moon landing.
The Colorado Symphony will present a special night of space-themed music on July 20, as part of the Lunar Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration. The evening music will feature songs from ET, Star Wars, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and will be accompanied by footage and visual from the actual moon landing 50 years ago. The event takes place at Boettcher Music Hall (1000 14th Street), and tickets range from $10 to about $100.
Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs
The Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs is hosting a celebration on Saturday, July 20. Included with admission to the museum, the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Presentation event will cover the moon lander program, rocket building activities, a chance to drive a rover in the Lockheed Martin Mars Robotics Laboratory, food trucks, Kona Ice, space face painting, and a lot more. The celebration lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; you can get full event information here.
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery will host a day of space-themed activities on July 20, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Kids ages 5 and up can enjoy hands-on activities in the exhibit gallery. The event is included with regular admission, which runs $9.50 to $12.50; ages 2 and under are free.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 20, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will host the First Steps Celebration, which will include special presentations and activities commemorating the anniversary of the lunar landing. Admission to the event is included in a regular ticket purchase. The museum will also be hosting a screening of the movie First Man, on July 20, at 7:30 p.m., with the purchase of a separate ticket. Check out the event page for more information.
Colorado State University
Colorado State University in Fort Collins will be hosting an event on Friday, July 19, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Madison Macdonald Observatory. The free, all-ages event will feature the opportunity to touch a moon rock, as well as participate in other hands-on themed activities and crafts. Once the sun sets, telescopes will be available for viewing the moon. There will be indoor and outdoor activities, and everyone is welcome to come and learn about the lunar landing and celebrate the anniversary.
If you can't get out to one of these local events, NASA has you covered. They will be broadcasting a live celebration on NASA TV July 19, as well as showing footage from the Apollo 11 landing and moonwalk on July 20. Check their schedule for the full programming information.
There are so many ways to celebrate and remember the years of hard work and thousands of people that went into making the Apollo 11 lunar mission a success.
Will you be heading out to join in the celebrations this weekend? Are there any notable events that we missed? Sound off in the comments below!