The official crew photograph of the Apollo 11 astronauts. Many Apollo 50th Anniversary Events are being planned

This is the official crew portrait of the Apollo 11 astronauts. Pictured from left to right are: Neil A. Armstrong, Commander; Michael Collins, Module Pilot; Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Lunar Module Pilot.
Photo Credit: NASA

On 20th July 2019:

it will be 50 years since the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing, and events are being staged around the globe to commemorate the occasion. We’ve put together a list of Apollo 50th Anniversary Events for you to enjoy.

On May 25th 1961

President John F. Kennedy announced his ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the Moon before the end of the decade. At the time no American had even orbited the Earth, and the USA was running a poor second behind the Soviet Union in the “space race”. Yuri Gagarin had become the first man in space only the month before. The challenge that faced the USA was huge, as Robert Gilruth, head of the Space Task Group wrote:
“Man himself was a great unknown. At the time of the President’s decision we had only Alan Shepard’s brief 15 minutes of flight on which to base our knowledge. Could man really function on a two-week mission that would involve precise manoeuvres, including retrofire into lunar orbit, backing down and landing on the Moon, lunar take-off, midcourse corrections on the way home and, finally, a high-speed re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere, performed with a precision so far unknown in vehicle guidance? . .

The rest of course is history. On July 20th, 1969 humans walked on another planet for the first time. The Apollo missions may have started out as a means for the United States to demonstrate their superiority over communism, but the achievement was there for all to celebrate. As the plaque left behind sates, “We came in peace for all mankind”.


To help celebrate the 50th Anniversary we’ve put together a list of interesting events that we’ve come across. We hope that you enjoy the occasion as much as we will.

NASA’s website has an entire section devoted to the celebrations with a full listing of related events


APOLLO 50

Apollo 50 is held in Cornwall and is a recommended Apollo 50th Anniversary event

Apollo 50 is an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing at the iconic Goonhilly satellite communications site based on Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula.. The one-off special event will celebrate this monumental anniversary of history with an educational and entertaining day of music, science, art, and culture.

20th July 2019

GOONHILLY EARTH STATION

Cornwall. UK


ONE GIANT LEAP

Jodrell Bank has been at the heart of ground-breaking and world-leading science for over 70 years. In our fascinating new talk, One Giant Leap, you’ll discover newly released audio-visual material from the Jodrell Bank archives, featuring aspects of the both the American and Russian Space programmes.

22nd May to 25th Sep 2019

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
Cheshire UK


BLUEDOT FESTIVAL

Celebrating fifty years since the Moon Landings this July with a four-day spectacular combining music, science, cosmic culture and more beneath the Lovell Telescope. Featuring Lovell Stage performances from Kraftwerk 3-D, New Order and Hot Chip, ground-breaking sets from the Grammy-nominated likes of Jon Hopkins and Tokimonsta, science and culture talks from Liz Bonnin, Helen Pankhurst, Jim Al-Khalili and Tom Shakespeare, and much more, including the full moon landings celebration line up, still to be announced.

18th to 21st July 2019

Jodrell Bank Observatory,
Cheshire, UK


MOON 50 FESTIVAL

This week-long festival of events offers the opportunity for families and communities to come together and share memories of the historic Moon landing, experience life in 1969 and talk about aspirations for the future. The week of festivities will conclude with a family party for everyone to enjoy where you will be an immersed in the world of 1969 with live entertainment, vintage clothes dress up and a chance to delve into our very best space themed experiences.

13th to 21st July
Glasgow Science Centre
Glasgow, UK


SMALL STEPS AND GIANT LEAPS

What have we learned from over 50 years of space exploration? What do we still need to overcome? Join us for a space themed day full of talks, demos and activities to explore these questions and more.
20th July 2019
The Royal Institution of Great Britain
London, UK


The Observatory Moon Landing Anniversary

Join us for a fabulous weekend of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first astronaut on the Moon. There will be lots of fantastic activities during the day including rocket launching plus there will be a speaker on the evening of the 20th followed by viewing through the telescopes.This will be a momentous weekend!
20th to 21st July 2019
The Observatory Science centre
Hailsham, UK


THE MOON EXHIBITION

Reconnect with the wonders of the Moon through artefacts, artworks and interactive moments, and discover how it has captivated and inspired us throughout history.
As well as re-living the momentous events of the original ‘Space Race’, the exhibition will also look ahead to the future of space exploration and the 21st century drive for humans to go back to the moon.
Bust Moon-related myths, see amazing NASA equipment that has been to the Moon and back, and ask yourself: what does the Moon mean to us today?
19th July to 5th Jan 2020
National Maritime Museum,

Greenwich, UK


THE MOON FESTIVAL

An all encompassing Lunar celebration incorporating art exhibitions, music performances, pop science lectures, moon gardens, moonlit film screenings, night food markets, street parties and more.
19th to 26th July 2019
South East London, UK


SUMMER OF SPACE FESTIVAL

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of these extraordinary moments, the Museum’s out-of-this-world celebration will reveal the evolution of humanity’s relationship with space through bumper family weekend festivals, thought-provoking evening events and much more.
May to September 2019
The Science Museum
London. UK

MUSEUM OF THE MOON

Museum of the Moon

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Visit the free installation at the Museum until 1 January 2020. This six-metre model features meticulously detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, ambient moonlight and an evolving soundscape.
17th May to 31st Jan 2019
National History Museum
London. UK