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Posted on: July 2, 2019

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Events

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In July 1969, the historic Apollo lunar landing paved the way for future space exploration and symbolized to millions of Americans that anything was possible. On this, the 50thAnniversary of the Moon landing, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Space Center Houston, and many other organizations in the Bay Area have created experiences to celebrate the legacy of the men and women who made the Apollo lunar landing possible.

From educational experiences to movies in the park, lunch with flight controllers to a concert by Phillip Phillips, League City and Bay Area Houston will be buzzing with excitement with more than 20 events. Come join us and be a part of the 50thAnniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Listed below are some of the events happening in the Bay Area during the month of July:

July 3 & 5

Living in Space (free)
Helen Hall Library, 200 W. Walker (League City)
10:15 to 10:45 a.m. & 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Living in Space is presented in partnership with Space Center Houston and is for children 4 to 11 years-old. Imagine your house in space. How would life be different than here on earth? From wake-up to bedtime, discover what astronauts do onboard the International Space Station to overcome the everyday “hassles” of life. Space is limited.

Click HERE for additional Information.

July 5 & 6 

Eggstranaut Launch (included in general admission)
Lone Star Flight Museum, 11551 Aerospace Ave. (Houston)
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Eggstranaut Launch fun for the whole family.

Contact: 346-708-2517. Click HERE for additional Information:.

July 10

Starlab: Astronaut (free)
Helen Hall Library, 200 W. Walker (League City)
10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Starlab: Astronaut is presented in partnership with Space Center Houston and is for children 5 to 11 years-old. What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body (Narrated by Ewan McGregor). Space is limited.

Click HERE for additional Information.

July 13 

Future of Human Space Flight  (included in general admission)
Lone Star Flight Museum, 11551 Aerospace Ave. (Houston)
11 a.m.

Rocket Make and Take and “Future of Human Space Flight” with Hal Getzelman

Contact: 346-708-2517. Click HERE for additional Information.

July 16 

Lunch with Apollo Flight Controllers (fee required)
Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Pkwy (Houston)
Noon

Dine with an Apollo-area flight controller and talk with them about their experiences, memories and learnings. Seating is limited.

Contact: 281-244-2100. Click HERE for additional Information.

July 16-24 

Mission Briefings on the Apollo 11 Mission (fee required)
Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Pkwy (Houston)
July 16-18 and July 22-23, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; July 19 and July 24, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; July 20, 9 a.m. to midnight; July 21, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hear about how the historic Apollo 11 flight was conducted and what was accomplished on the mission.

Contact: 281-244-2100 or https://spacecenter.org/contact/. Click HERE for additional Information.

July 16-24 

Apollo 11 – themed Pop-Up Science Labs (fee required)
Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Pkwy (Houston)
July 16-18 and July 22-23, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; July 19 and July 24, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; July 20, 9 a.m. to midnight; July 21, 9 a.m to 6 p.m.

In hands-on workshops, kids to gain a better understanding of what it took to send humans to the moon.

Contact: 281-244-2100 or https://spacecenter.org/contact/. Click HERE for additional Information.

July 16-24 

Tram Tours Featuring Historic Apollo Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (fee required)
Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Pkwy (Houston)
July 16-18 and July 22-23, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; July 19 and July 24, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; July 20, 9 a.m. to midnight; July 21, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit the site, restored to its 1960s appearance, where the NASA team controlled the flight of Apollo 11 from launch to splashdown. Seating is limited.

Contact: 281-244-2100 or https://spacecenter.org/contact/. Click HERE for additional Information.

July 17 & July 19

Yes, It Is Rocket Science (free)
Helen Hall Library, 200 W. Walker (League City)
10:15 to 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Yes, It Is Rocket Science is presented in partnership with Space Center Houston and is for children 4 to 11 years-old. Explore the history of rockets. Find out how rockets work and what it takes to get them into space. Hands-on activity included. Space is limited.

Click HERE for additional Information.

July 17 & 18 

Explore Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) (included in general admission)
Lone Star Flight Museum, 11551 Aerospace Ave. (Houston)
11:30 a.m.

Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) guest lecture with Dr. John Charles.

Contact: 346-708-2517. Click HERE for additional Information.

July 18

Lunch with Children of Apollo (fee required)
Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Pkwy (Houston)
Noon

Dine during a panel discussion in which children of astronauts and flight controllers share memories of growing up in the Apollo era. Seating is limited.

Contact: 281-244-2100. Click HERE for additional Information.

July 18 

Space on Screen + Dinner: Armstrong (fee required)
Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Pkwy (Houston)
6 p.m.

Dinner and the new documentary, Armstrong. Astronaut flight and space suits, space photos and artwork. Seating is limited.

Contact: 281-244-2100 or https://spacecenter.org/contact/. Click HERE for additional Information.

July 18 

An evening with Apollo Era Flight Director Gene Krantz: The Apollo 11 Landing (fee required)
Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Pkwy (Houston)
Evening TBD

Legendary NASA flight director Gene Krantz reflects on his experience at Apollo Mission Control during the Apollo 11 landing.

Contact: 281-244-2100 or https://spacecenter.org/contact/. Click HERE for additional Information.

July 19

Apollo 11 50thAnniversary Celebration at the Kemah Boardwalk (free)
Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave (Kemah)
5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Join the Kemah Boardwalk and celebrate the 1969 Moon Landing of the Apollo 11 with Live Music, special appearances by Clutch and the Houston Rockets Power Dancers, Movie in the Plaza “First Man”, Apollo 11 Dedication Fireworks show and kids’ activities.

July 20 

Apollo 11 50thLive at Space Center Houston (fee required)
Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Pkwy (Houston)
9 a.m. to midnight

Celebration of the 50thanniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon and the first steps on the Moon, including panel presentations with Apollo era flight controllers, festival events, and evening concert featuring Phillip Phillips.

Contact: 281-244-2100 or https://spacecenter.org/contact/. Click HERE for additional Information.

July 20 & 21

Self-Guided Apollo Driving Tour (free)
City of Nassau Bay

Visit the City of Nassau Bay for a self-guided driving tour. Drive by the homes of the members of the historic Apollo missions. Home will be clearly marked. Visit Nassau City Hall (1800 Space Park Drive, Ste 200) or the Hilton Hotel for a tour map.

Click HERE for Interactive Map.

 July 20

Night of Celebration Cocktail Reception (fee required)
Hilton Houston Clear Lake, 3000 NASA Prkwy (Nassau Bay)
6:00 p.m. to 11:11 p.m.

Join the City of Nassau Bay and the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake for a night of celebration commemorating 50 years since the historic Apollo 11 Mission.

Contact: 832-864-0100. Click HERE for additional Information.

July 20

Apollo 13 Movie in the Park (free)
Meador Park, 2100 N Meyer Ave (Seabrook)
7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Join the City of Seabrook in celebration of the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 blastoff! Bring your lawn chair and take in a special showing of Apollo 13 and listen closely for a special message from an astronaut currently stationed on the space station.

Click HERE for additional Information.

 July 21

Apollo 11 Movie in the Park (free)
Howard Ward Park, 18300 Upper Bay Rd. (Nassau Bay)

The City of Nassau Bay will host a special Movie in the Park screening of the Apollo 11 documentary. This family-friendly event includes something for everyone – food trucks, space exhibits, kid-friendly activities, face painting, complimentary moon pies, and of course, a free showing of the Apollo 11 film.

Click HERE for additional Information.

July 24

Lunch with Apollo Flight Controllers (fee required)
Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Pkwy (Houston)
Noon

Dine with an Apollo-area flight controller and talk with them about their experiences, memories and learnings. Seating is limited.

Contact: 281-244-2100. Click HERE for additional Information.

July 24 

Apollo 11 Mission Splashdown Party with the Fab 5 (fee required)
Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Pkwy (Houston)
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

1960s-themed party with buffet dinner, live music and activities, Apollo-era artifacts, and interactive exhibits and activities featuring the present and future of human space exploration.

Contact: 281-244-2100 or https://spacecenter.org/contact/. Click HERE for additional Information.

July 25

The History Club: Apollo Mission Control Restoration (free)
Helen Hall Library Theater, 100 W. Walker (League City)
7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Sandra J. Tetley, a Historic Preservation Officer at NASA Johnson Space Center, will speak about the Apollo Mission Control Restoration Project. Mission Control monitored nine Gemini, all Apollo Moon missions and 21 space shuttle missions. These missions included the flight of Apollo 11, which was man’s first landing on the moon.

Click HERE for additional Information.

July 26 

NASA Robotics Team (included in general admission)
Lone Star Flight Museum, 11551 Aerospace Ave. (Houston)
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

NASA Robotics Team featuring Clear Creek ISD Robonauts, robots, demos and more!

Contact: 346-708-2517. Click HERE for additional Information.

July 27 

Indoor Airshow (included in general admission)
Lone Star Flight Museum, 11551 Aerospace Ave. (Houston)
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Flying model planes, displays and demos with NASA’s Johnson Space Center Radio Control Club.

Contact: 346-708-2517. Click HERE for additional Information.

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