Apollo Palooza ~ Celebrating the First Apollo Moon Landing

This Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin taking humanity’s first steps on the moon. San Diego history and STEM-loving families have several awesome ways to celebrate thanks to our science and air and space museums.

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin works near the lunar module, the Eagle, during the mission.(Image: © NASA)

The RH Fleet Science Center is hosting a day full of out-of-this-world films, exhibitions and hands-on demonstrations to commemorate the occasion.
Their Education Department is offering a Junior Science Club session for students in 1st through 4th grade that is focused on lunar exploration. Students will learn about the solar system and space exploration from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Advance registration is required for Junior Science Club. Call 619-238-1233 to RSVP.

At 12:17 p.m., the Fleet will launch a super secret surprise in honor of the Moon Landing anniversary that promises to be “high flying.” Click here for more details about the Fleet’s moon landing celebration.

Photo credit: RH Fleet Science Center Facebook page

Where could be a more appropriate place to experience the history of Apollo 11 than at the San Diego Air & Space Museum? The museum will be open during regular business hours on July 20 and  re-open at 6:00 p.m. for its newest exhibition, “EUREKA: An Interactive History of Science.” The celebration will feature family-friendly interactive activities, simulators, and the 3D/4D movie theater.

“The Day We Walked on the Moon” will air in the Pavilion of Flight at 8:30 p.m. and is free with paid general admission, free for museum members and for Balboa Park Explorer Pass holders. Visit the Air & Space Museum’s event page for more information.

Can’t make it to this Saturday’s festivities? Check out NASA’s live page for highlights of events happening all across the country and a replay of the original Apollo 11 footage from July 20, 1969.


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