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This July marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s seminal moon landing in 1969. To celebrate the momentous event, Space Center Houston is hosting nine days of special activities for kids — and adults — to discover NASA’s history. The celebration will launch July 16, the same day Apollo 11 lifted off, and culminate in full-day festivities July 20, the anniversary of the moon landing itself. The celebration will conclude July 24, the date Apollo 11 returned to Earth 50 years ago.
The all-day celebration on July 20 will comprise book signings, an evening concert, late-night tours to Rocket Park and more. Panel presentations throughout the day will introduce visitors to topics such as lunar module operations and lunar science experiments. VIP packages will include additional experiences, such as a tour of Apollo Mission Control Center — where the Apollo 11 mission was operated — and a special presentation by a range of Apollo-era experts.
Here are some of the other recurring events presented by Space Center Houston.
Tram ToursEvery day from July 16-24, the center’s NASA tram tour will take visitors to the Apollo Mission Control Center, which will be restored to its 1960s look.
Pop-Up Science LabsThese Apollo 11-themed labs will let kids interact with science and engineering firsthand. Workshops will help them understand what went into making the first moon walk happen.
Lunch With Apollo Flight ControllersOn July 16 and 24, participants will enjoy a lunch and discussion with an Apollo-era flight controller and get the chance to ask about experiences and memories from the mission. On July 18, there is a similar lunch with the descendants of Apollo-era astronauts and flight controllers.
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