Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebrations

NASA has a Space Stem site that shows where registered events are within the United States: https://spacestem.nasa.gov/events

Albion College – Nicolle Zellner

Public Talks ("50 Years Since Apollo: What We Learned About the Moon and Why We Should Go Back")

March 4, Jackson Science Cafe (Jackson, MI), 6 pm (https://www.jcisd.org/Page/2565)

March 6, Neville Public Museum (Green Bay, WI), 6 pm (https://events.greenbaypressgazette.com/greenbay/events/50-years-since-apollo-we-learned-moon-and-why-we-s-/E0-001-124040658-5)

July 8, Capital Area District Library (Delta Township, MI), 6 pm (http://dtdl.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=2648&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2019/07/07)

July 20, Capital Area District Library (Holt, MI), 1 pm

Week of July 20, post at womeninastronomy.blogspot.com describing the contributions of women to the Apollo program (I'll post this one to the listserve when it's live)

July 27: Public Talk at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Emmett County (MI), 8 pm, "Space Rocks!" (meteorites in general, but also Apollo)

July, Historical Society of Michigan newsletter, "50 Years Since Apollo: Michigan's Contributions to Space Exploration"

August: Interview on "Astronomy for Everyone" will air via youtube, "The Legacy of Apollo"

September: Conference Talk, Historical Society of Michigan Conference (Ludington, MI), 3:30 - 4:30, "Michigan and the Moon: 50 Years Since Apollo"

Tucson, Arizona, USA: moonfest.arizona.edu

July 2019 = Moon Month in Tucson!
Also, see the Lunar and Planetary Lab at UA for more events: https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/lpl-lunar-links

LPL is hosting it's Summer Science Saturday July 20th, 10 AM to 4 PM, with three lectures throughout the day:

  • 10:30a.m.
    50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Lunar Landing on July 20, 1969
    Robert Strom, Professor Emeritus, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
  • 12:00p.m.
    One Giant Leap: The Scientific Legacy of the Apollo Missions to the Moon
    Jeff Andrews-Hanna, Associate Professor, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
  • 1:30p.m.
    From Arizona to the Moon
    William K. Hartmann, Senior Scientist Emeritus,  Planetary Science Institute, Tucson
More information at: https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/sss


Other events on and off the UA campus on July 20th include:

  • Special Collections “Moon” Exhibit Opening:
    Visit UA Special Collections on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing for the opening of "Moon," an exhibit celebrating the cultural and scientific aspects of the moon. Visitors will enjoy a real virtual reality outer space experience with VR gear and demonstrations provided by the University of Arizona Libraries staff. The event is 10am-4pm, free and open to the public, and coincides with the Summer Science Saturday celebration at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory – just a short walk across the mall!
  • One Giant Leap Day! Flandrau Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11
    Special activities for families from 1-4pm, special shows and presentations. Click for more information.
  • Loft Cinema
    The Loft Cinema will screen the 1989 documentary "For All Mankind" at 2pm with speaker Bill Boynton from the University of Arizona's Lunar & Planetary Laboratory.
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will host an 8pm event to commemorate the 50thAnniversary of the moon landing. Speaker: Amanda Stadermann of the University of Arizona's Lunar & Planetary Laboratory.
  • Diamondbacks Space Night
    Sponsored by Raytheon. During the Diamondbacks baseball game in Phoenix, the UA will collaborate with Raytheon, ASU, NAU and Embry Riddle to display space related activities to celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary. UA’s Lunar and Planetary Lab and OSIRIS-REx mission will offer hands-on activities about LPL’s role in lunar exploration and planetary science, including the OSIRIS-REx mission and new science from the asteroid Bennu.


There are a wide array of events on other days of the month as well, and I suppose I'll just briefly advertise one talk I'm giving on July 24th, Space Drafts (part of Astronomy on Tap), where Bill Hartmann and I will talk about the Moon in past, present and future, which will take place at Borderlands Brewery at 7:30 PM. 

For more details, about these and other events in Tucson and the surrounding area, go to the following website: https://flandrau.org/Apollo

Barnstorming the Moon 19 July – 16 August 2019,


Phoenix, Arizona. Exploring The Moon: Past, Present, and Future.


Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU on July 17:


Ryan Watkins, Sara Mazourei, and Angela Stickle:

Planetary Science Institute:


Planetscapes. Jackson District Library, Jackson, Michigan 27 July 11AM-Noon:


Lunar & Planetary Institute

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) will host “Apollo 11: Looking Back to Move Forward” on July 20, 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing and to look to the future of lunar exploration. https://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/skyfest/

In addition to hands-on activities, VR and planetarium experiences, and more, three presentations will be given by planetary scientists during the event. These presentations will be live streamed via the USRA Ustream channel (all times are Central Daylight Time): Presentation Schedule (times are Central Daylight Time):

  • 1:30 p.m. – Dr. David Kring on the future of lunar exploration
  • 2:15 p.m. – Dr. Danielle Wyrick on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
  • 3:15 p.m. – Dr. Walter Kiefer on Apollo 11

Additional websites that might be of interest:

We have a variety of hands-on lunar exploration activities that can be conducted at anniversary events, at
https://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/marvelMoon/ and at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/LRO/.

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana: Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 (And why we should go back)


Dr. Cesare Grava, Southwest Research Institute

USGS Astrogeology is hosting an evening celebration on July 19, 2019:


And members of Astrogeology have been participating for months (starting July 2018, ending Dec 2019) at the Flagstaff-wide Lunar Legacy event:  https://www.flagstaffarizona.org/lunarlegacy/

The latter involves very cool t-shirts (gray cotton, logo on front, "every astronaut who landed on the Moon trained in Flagstaff" on the back, ~$20) and glass Moon globes created by a local artist (see attached, ~$35), among many other wonderful things ("lunar" food, art, events, talks, music, plays, etc.).

Pejepscot Historical Society, 31 July 2019:

Apollo 11:  Fuel of the Digital Age. Dr. Aileen Yingst

Purdue University, Indiana

A list of Purdue University Apollo 11 50th Anniversary events planned for July is: https://www.purdue.edu/apollo11/events/index.php

Bloomington, Indiana.

  1. Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration
    Hosted by the Department of Astronomy, Indiana University
    Contact: Professor Constantine P. Deliyannis, <[email protected]

    July 15
    Screening The Dish at 4 p.m. Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
    Short talks at 7 p.m. Swain West 119 IU Campus
    “Math & the Moon Landing: the 3-body Problem” Dr. Kevin Pilgrim, Dept. Mathematics
    “Indiana University Research with Moon Rocks” Dr. A. Basu, Dept. Earth & Atm. Sciences
    Screening The Dish to follow

    July 19
    Screening Apollo 11 at 4 p.m. Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
    Short talks at 7 p.m. Swain West 119 IU Campus
    “Math & the Moon Landing: the 3-body Problem” Dr. Kevin Pilgrim, Dept. Mathematics
    “Moon Rocks and the Origin of Moon” Dr. A. Basu, Dept. Earth & Atm. Sciences
    Screening Apollo 11 to follow

  2. Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration
    Hosted by “Public Media WFIU/WTIU”, Indiana University

    July 19
    WFIU Noon Edition “50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing” at 12 noon – 1 p.m.

  3. Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration
    Hosted by Wonderlab (a science museum in Bloomington, IN)

    July 20
    Night at the Museum: Moon Landing Anniversary Party at 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Dr. Wes Patterson – Applied Physics Lab:

Maryland Science Center Davis Planetarium: Public Lecture - Lunar Exploration in Today’s World: The Legacy of Apollo

Maryland Science Center: https://www.mdsci.org/event/one-giant-leap/

Rhode Island. WaterFire Arts Center experience the “Museum of the Moon”  by Luke Jerram – July 9 to July 28


See also: https://my-moon.org/

The "Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum", Denver, CO,

is hosting a week-long celebration of this event from July 13th to July 20th. There is a wide range of lectures and events, with Senator Dr. Harrison Schmitt being a VIP speaker. I will be giving an invited lecture on "The Geology and Geological History of the Moon" on July 19th. Details are given below:



Stony Brook University and the Montauk Observatory have teamed up to put together a really nice program on July 20th:


July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing—the first manned mission to the Moon when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin took that “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” To celebrate this historic event, Montauk Observatory will hold a FREE 5-hour public program.

DATE:            Saturday, July 20, 2019
TIME:             1:00 – 6:00 PM<
PLACE:          Avram Theater at Stony Brook University, 239 Montauk Hwy, Southampton, NY 11968
COST:             FREE 
TICKETS:       https://apollo11event.eventbrite.com
PRESENTED BY:             Montauk Observatory & Stony Brook University
QUESTIONS: [email protected]

1:00     Welcoming remarks by Montauk Observatory and Stony Brook University
1:15     Lecture by Stony Brook University Prof. Timothy Glotch, “50 Years of Lunar Science”
2:15     Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. will introduce & award citations to the Grumman Roundtable panelists
2:30     The Grumman Roundtable: behind-the-scenes stories about Grumman and the Apollo 11 project
3:30     Break and refreshments
3:45     Screening of Todd Miller's acclaimed documentary, “Apollo 11”
5:15     Q&A with Ben Feist, film production team manager and NASA Spaceflight Data Manager & Researcher 
6:00     Conclusion

1:15     “50 Years of Lunar Science: What We Learned From and Since Apollo 11.” Presenter: Professor Timothy Glotch, a Principal Investigator with NASA's SSERVI program, a Participating Scientist on NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission, Co-Investigator on NASA's Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment, and on faculty at Stony Brook University since 2007. The Apollo missions provided a wealth of scientific information about the Moon from remote observations, samples collected, and experiments left on the lunar surface. This talk will describe the advances that we have made in our understanding of the Moon in the 50 years since the Apollo 11 astronauts successfully landed on the lunar surface and returned safely to Earth. Prof. Glotch will also look forward to the coming decades of lunar exploration, including the eventual return of humans to the Moon and the requirements for a long term sustainable presence.

2:15     Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr., will introduce The Grumman Roundtable panelists and present each member with a NYS Citation to acknowledge their invaluable contributions to the Apollo 11 space program.

2:30     “The Grumman Roundtable.” Insiders present a behind-the-scenes view of what went on at Grumman during the creation of the lunar module (LEM). The panel includes: 
            Raymond LeCann (moderator), former Grumman VP and Director of the Lunar Module Data Reduction System (LDRS)--the guy who made sure all the equipment worked before sending the astronauts into space; 
            Joseph Bevilacqua, a design engineer in the LEM Crew & Equipment Integration Division, who met with the astronauts, and is a former President of the Grumman Retiree Club; 
            Leon Gurinsky, a rocket scientist who worked on the LEM propulsion systems; 
            Anthony Mascolo, a design engineer responsible for fireproofing the cockpit, and who met with Joseph Gavin and Wernher Von Braun; and
            Edward Whitman, an engineer who worked on communications between the LEM and the Command Service Module.

3:30     “Apollo 11.” A screening of the full-length (93 min.) version of Todd Miller's acclaimed 2019 documentary that contains never-before-seen footage and audio recordings that take you straight into the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission: the first manned Moon landing.

5:15     Q&A with Ben Feist, NASA Spaceflight Data Management & Visualization Researcher, who led the documentary team that restored 11,000 hours of mission control audio to bring the silent Mission Control footage back to life. Ben is also the program historian for Apollo17.org and ApolloInRealTime.org. He will describe his work and answer questions about the film.

Montauk Observatory (MO) would like to thank it's co-presenter, Stony Brook University (SBU), Dr. Rich Reeder and SBU's Office of the Vice President of Research, Assemblyman Thiele, and all the speakers for generously donating their time and resources to make this event possible and to ensure its success. MO is also grateful to the following organizations for their kind collaboration: the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club, the Grumman Retiree Club, and the Long Island Chapter of the IEEE. Thanks, too, to the sponsors for their generous support: Neon/CNN Films, SSERVI (NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute), The Hampton Maid, Biagio Cru & Estate Wines, and Northern Trust.

Montauk Observatory (soon to be called Hamptons Observatory) was established in 2005. It is a publicly supported NYS 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to fostering interest in science, particularly astronomy. To that end, it holds frequent lectures, stargazing events and portable planetarium shows throughout the towns of the east end. MO created the South Fork's first astronomical observatory (in East Hampton) which contains the largest research-grade telescope on Long Island; these state-of-the-art facilities will soon be made available over the internet to students, teachers, researchers and the general public. Montauk Observatory offers its quality educational programs free-of-charge to ensure that they are as accessible as possible to all. Tax-deductible donations to help support Montauk Observatory and its educational programs are always gratefully received.

Tim Livengood, NASA GSFC, will be participating in Apollo 11 commemoration events at Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, NE on July 20.


Leonard David, Space Journalist and author of Moon Rush – The New Space Race,

will be taking part in Griffith Observatory events saluting past, present, and future lunar exploration

Washington University, St. Louis – PoC = Brad Jolliff: 

There will be a "SciFest" at the St. Louis Science Center on July 20th, and Apollo 11 will be the main attraction.

The St. Louis Science Center will have the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit, A New Moon Rising photo display (it is already live),  https://www.slsc.org/exhibits-attractions/a-new-moon-rises/

and they will have various focused activities throughout the day.  There will be a center stage called the "Energy Stage" and a couple of us from EPSC (Brad Jolliff and former grad student Michael Bouchard) will give talks and then be available throughout the day at tables and booths to talk to visitors and to handout educational materials including materials from the LRO project and LROC posters and postcards. We are also planning to have a computer & monitor to display the Apollo 11 web site, "Apollo 11 in real time." 

University of Colorado, Boulder:

A full month of special talks, educational programs, new full-dome shows, musical performances, etc. is planned at CU Boulder's Fiske Planetarium (almost 75 different events). Please take a look at their Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration landing page <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.colorado.edu_fiske_showtimes_apollo-2D11-2D50th-2Danniversary-2Dcelebration&d=DwMGaQ&c=ApwzowJNAKKw3xye91w7BE1XMRKi2LN9kiMk5Csz9Zk&r=sizmLcUm4AR7SJ7kzVSCFIjEeIl926vd4FvExRrQ7JQ&m=DyEb_RZkfgtIP6r0EHeOvb0i8Tp1BNOpJyD0-PLGolc&s=Nv1OFatPBzHeJpnDJgPMBg2bzR-VC2R7jMM8QsdhyAA&e=

Jeffrey Taylor, University of Hawaii:

February 15:
The Legacy of Apollo: Finding New Perspectives in Planetary Science and Exploration
TGIF Seminar, Department of Earth Sciences and Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawaii

March 7:
The Legacy of Apollo: Meeting Challenges and Finding New Perspectives on Science and Society
Mutch Seminar, Brown University 

April 15:
The Legacy of Apollo: Meeting Challenges and Finding New Perspectives
Undergraduate Fellowship Symposium, Hawaii Space Grant Consortium

July 19: 
Legacy of Apollo: Settling the Moon to Benefit People on Earth
Celebrating Apollo 11: Memories, Scientific Legacy, Future Settlement, Hawaii Institute of Geology and Planetology

July 20:
The Legacy of Apollo to Benefit People on Earth
The Apo11o Family Space Fest, Windward Community College (co-sponsored by The Hawaii State Archives and the Hawaii State Library).

July 26:
Legacy of Apollo
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Windward Community College, Hawaii:

Apo11o Family Spacefest: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Landing on the Moon

Rice University:

How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time. 
President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech" given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is featured or mentioned in numerous articles. Alumnus Jerry Woodfill '65, who was part of NASA's Apollo Warning System engineering team and attended Kennedy's speech, appears in a television broadcast on KXRM. 
The Washington Post (This article also appeared in the July 7 print edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer and more than 30 other media outlets, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.) 
Half a century ago, the nation came together to put a human on the moon. Why the long decline since? 
The Seattle Times (This article also appeared in the Daily Republic and the Union-Bulletin.) 
'Everything out there in space wants to kill you' [Opinion] 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 4 print edition and it appeared in the Daily News and Newsllive.com.) 
'Washington Goes to the Moon Part 1' 
PRX (This segment aired on more than 900 NPR-affiliated stations across the U.S.) 
CBC Radio One 
http://bit.ly/2YEO3CY (This "Here and Now" segment aired on more than 1,200 affiliate stations across Canada and the U.S.)
The Apollo Chronicles
KXRM-TV (Colorado Springs, Colorado; this segment aired on more than 20 other stations across the U.S.)
'2019 Freedom Over Texas'
KTRK-TV (Houston; this segment aired on 10 affiliate stations across the U.S.)
Talking space on the 50th anniversary of the first men on the moon
The Eagle
Sarasota-Bradenton to celebrate moon landing 50th anniversary throughout July 
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
'Chasing the Moon' revisits the Apollo program in depth 
Valley News 
Het was een mirakel dat de maanlanding goed verliep 
Trouw (An English translation is not available.) 

Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley on 'American Moonshot' 
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities and author of "American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race," is interviewed
KQED (This segment also aired four times on KQED-FM in San Francisco.) 
'The Brian Kilmeade Show' 
WABC-AM (New York; this segment aired on more than 225 affiliate stations across the U.S.) 
'Douglas Brinkley, American Moonshot' 

Journeys to the moon taught scientists lessons about Earth
Chenguang Sun, postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 4  print edition.) 

Los Angeles, California.

Apollo 11 Immerse Live Show - https://apollo11show.com/  
In 1969… NASA launched its most daring mission in sending astronauts to land on the moon and returning them safely home. Now, one of mankind’s greatest achievements is a stunning live show, with an original story, full cast and presented in the spectacular LUNAR DOME with its sensational 40,000 square feet of video projections.

Carolyn Crow

18 July 2019. Spirit Hound Distillery (complete with space whiskey! - i.e. made with honey that went to space):

20 July 2019: Fiske Planetarium @ CU Boulder: https://www.colorado.edu/fiske/showtimes/apollo-11-50th-anniversary/five-decades-lunar-sample-science-how-apollo-missions-continue

Paul Hayne

11 July 2019 at the Fiske Planetarium that is part of the Apollo celebration program, but is on the results of the LRO mission: https://www.colorado.edu/fiske/showtimes/apollo-11-50th-anniversary/new-view-moon-nasas-ongoing-lunar-exploration-program

All of Fiske's events for the celebration - talks are at the bottom: https://www.colorado.edu/fiske/showtimes/apollo-11-50th-anniversary-celebration

17 July 2019 at 7 pm at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.:

"Small Steps and Giant Leaps: How Apollo 11 Shaped Our Understanding of Earth and Beyond"

Panelists: Sean Solomon, Steve Hauck, Sonia Tikoo, and Heather Meyer
Moderated by Jim Green

Announcement: https://news.agu.org/press-release/leading-space-scientists-to-mark-apollo-11s-50th-anniversary-at-the-national-archives/ 

National Archives site: https://www.archivesfoundation.org/event/small-steps-giant-leaps/

Noah Petro, LRO Project Scientist

Sea, Air, and Space Museum (the Intrepid) in New York City.
“Astronomy Night Celebrates Apollo 11”
July 19 at 7:30 PM:

“To the Moon with the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company featuring Lauren Adams, Mike Massamino, and Noah Petro”
July 20 at 9 PM:

United Kingdom:

Five institutes (The Open University, the University of Manchester, the Natural History Museum, the University of Oxford, and Birkbeck University London) are collaborating and exhibiting the "Living on the Moon!" booth at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2019 (1st ~ 7th July 2019). To highlight the progress of lunar science since the Apollo 11 Moon landings 50 years ago, our exhibition illustrates the journey from Moon landing, to Lunar sample science, to the current generation of Moon rovers looking for water on the Moon, and provides a look forward to the next 50 years and a vision of a permanent human presence on the Moon.

http://livingonthemoon.info (Our exhibition page)

https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2019/summer-science-exhibition/ (RSSSE page)


A lunar touchstone is on display at Geoscience Australia in Canberra from 5 July 2019. The touchstone will be there for the coming years (not just part of the Apollo 11 anniversary celebrations). More info: http://www.ga.gov.au/news-events/events/public-events/lunar-touchstone

The display is also part of a Moon Rock Trail in Canberra, which is part of the Apollo 11 celebrations: http://www.ga.gov.au/news-events/news/latest-news/reach-for-the-moon-in-canberra-this-july


Harry Hiesinger, University of Münster, gave presentations/public talk at Bochum, Berlin, Mannheim, and Münster. 






Harry Hiesinger was part (talk and podium discussion) of the 50th Apollo anniversary  colloquium in Speyer. Charles Duke, 6 European astronauts, the ESA  general director, and several high-ranking representatives of DLR and  Airbus were present. 

Harry Hiesinger and Carolyn van der Bogert (also University of Münster) were featured in several national science TV shows  (Quarks, Terra-X, Arte) about Apollo and future lunar exploration,


50 years moon landing - Moon research today
DO 04.07.2019 | 7.30 pm | Prof. Harald Hiesinger, University of Münster

Years on the Moon - Thomas Reiter talks about his time as an astronaut
DO 25.07.2019 | 7 pm | Thomas Reiter, ESA

50 years moon landing - Back to the moon and departure to new worlds
DI 27.08.2019 | 7.30 pm | Peter M. Schneider, Hamburg


Ontario Science Centre: https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/apollo50/

Dunlap Institute: https://universe.utoronto.ca/astronomy-on-tap-to/spacetime/?fbclid=IwAR3YnNzFAK7a1yiTTlK9_-Mn66diBxsF_F2H-GTiTWmQjyqMLUDus3CiXpI

Aga Khan Museum: https://www.facebook.com/events/857336784650666/?event_time_id=857336791317332

Western University CPSX: July 20th

York University: http://news.yorku.ca/2019/07/09/york-universitys-observatory-team-celebrates-50th-anniversary-of-moon-landing/

Killarney Provincial Park: https://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/to-touch-the-moon-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-apollo-moon-landing/