Apollo 11 50th Anniversary logo.

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary logo.

The nation and the world held their collective breaths 50 years ago as Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon on July 20, 1969. As the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 flight nears, the National Park Service and the Wright Brothers Monument are gearing up for a four-day-long celebration.

In 1961 President Kennedy promised an American would walk on the service of the moon before the end of the decade. The success of Apollo 11 was the result of an exceptional national commitment to science and space exploration.

As Neil Armstrong walked down the ladder of the lunar nodule television technology had also evolved and the occasion was broadcast live. At the birthplace of powered flight, the Wright Brothers Monument in Kill Devil Hills, The National Park Service3 had set up 50 televisions so the public could watch the event as it unfolded.

This Saturday that viewing party will be reenacted at the Wright Brothers Monument beginning at  8:00 p.m. A rebroadcast of the Water Cronkite coverage of the event will be included.

The Saturday event is but one of four days of celebrating the National Park Service has scheduled to commemorate Apollo 11 and the 50 Anniversary of the mankind first steps beyond Earth

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration-Schedule of Events

Thursday, July 18

6:30pm: Apollo 11 Activities at Dowdy Park (Ranger Program)

Join Park Rangers for hands-on learning activities for kids prior to the 8pm movie showing in Nags Head
7pm: Apollo 11, Final Chapter in the Space Race (Special Program)
National Park Service volunteer, Chris Godart, will present a program called “Apollo 11, Final Chapter in the Space Race.” Explore the events leading up to the historic mission of Apollo 11, and learn how the mission progressed to safely land a man on the moon and return to earth.

8pm: “Apollo 11” Documentary at Dowdy Park(Special Event)

At around 8:00 p.m., the “Apollo 11” documentary will be shown at Dowdy Park in Nags Head. This free event is supported by the First Flight Foundation.

Friday, July 19

10am, 11am, 12pm, 4pm: Sand Dunes & Moon Dust (Ranger Program)

Learn about the events leading to the first powered flight in 1903 and its
similarities to the Apollo 11 mission.

1pm, 2:30pm: The Wright Stuff (Ranger Program)

Explore the Legacy of the Wright Brothers from Kitty Hawk to Tranquility Base

Saturday, July 20

10am, 11am, 4pm: Sand Dunes & Moon Dust (Ranger Program)

Learn about the events leading to the first powered flight in 1903 and its similarities to the Apollo 11 mission.

10am, 3pm, 4:30pm: Planet Walk (Ranger Program)

Join a park ranger to walk a scale model of the solar system on the grounds of the memorial. Learn about distant planets and how they relate to each other.

12pm: Apollo 11, Final Chapter in the Space Race (Ranger Program)

National Park Service volunteer, Chris Godart, will present a program called “Apollo 11, Final Chapter in the Space Race. Explore the events leading up to the historic mission of Apollo 11, and learn how the mission progressed to safely land man on the moon and return to earth.

2pm: Ask an Astronaut with NASA Astronaut

NASA Astronaut and Space Shuttle veteran Eric Boe will give a short presentation on his experiences in space and lead a question and answer session with the audience.

2:30pm: The Wright Stuff (Ranger Program)

Explore the Legacy of the Wright Brothers from Kitty Hawk to Tranquility Base

5pm: Meet and Greet with NASA Astronaut Eric Boe

Meet a real-life astronaut, and interact informally.

7pm Special Guest Speaker (Feature Event)

Active NASA astronaut Eric Boe will discuss spaceflight and the newest NASA initiatives to return to the moon and beyond.

8:10pm: Walter Cronkite Footage of the Moon Landing (Feature Event)

Rebroadcast of Walter Cronkite’s famous moon landing news coverage will begin just after 8:00 p.m. and conclude around 8:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 21

10am, 11am, 12pm, 4pm: Sand Dunes & Moon Dust (Ranger Program)

Learn about the events leading to the first powered flight in 1903 and its
similarities to the Apollo 11 mission.

1pm, 2:30pm: The Wright Stuff (Ranger Program)

Explore the Legacy of the Wright Brothers from Kitty Hawk to Tranquility Base

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