This year marks an important anniversary in the history of the space race and is that on July 20, 2019 celebrate the 50 years since the module «Eagle Lunar» Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. That day American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to step on the lunar surface, and Armstrong’s famous «little step», which has been talked about for decades, has become one of the most celebrated events of the past. century.
To celebrate this anniversary, many destinations in the United States will remember the feat of Apollo 11 with a series of special events such as exhibitions, street parties or activities with questions and answers with astronauts. Undoubtedly, a unique opportunity for travelers who love astronomy who can learn more about this historic mission and its complexity.
Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida
What is now the Visitor Center of the Kennedy Space Center, located on Merritt Island, was the place from where Apollo 11 departed and as such one of the places of worship for fans. In this place, the history and future of space travel and research in the United States are shown through interactive screens and documentaries. The center houses the Rocket Garden, where replicas of American rockets rise above visitors or the Hall of Fame of heroes and legends where films and exhibitions celebrate and honor astronauts. In the space reserved for meeting astronauts, visitors can ask questions about their lives, training and travel, while a unique collection of IMAX films provide the opportunity to learn about space and our planet through impressive images of Earth and interviews with famous astronauts.
The Apollo 11 spacecraft departed from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but much training for the mission took place in Flagstaff, Arizona. Neil Armstrong and his pilot Buzz Aldrin, along with the other 11 astronauts who have followed in his footsteps, used the volcanic ash fields in the area to simulate the arrival to lunar landscapes, learning there to drive a buggy, receive training in geology and other simulations as part of the mission.
Within the celebrations of the festival that will last all this year to celebrate the anniversary of the arrival to the moon, visitors of Flagstaff can travel in the strollers used in the landing and see other objects of the Apollo missions. At the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, travelers can also see the space through the powerful telescopes (this is the place where Pluto was first seen), and attend events such as Cosmic Questions and Meet an Astronomer, where All your questions related to the space will be answered. The observatory will be the place where various presentations, readings and book signing will take place and some bars and restaurants in the city will include drinks and special lunar-themed menus.
Both adults and children will be delighted with their visit to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, founded in 1824 by the famous President Benjamin Franklin and considered one of the best science museums in the world. In addition to exhibiting a lunar rock that was recovered by astronaut Dave Scott during the Apollo 15 mission, it also hosts a variety of incredible attractions, including the Planetarium Hallway, which has eight screens with live content from NASA. On the other hand, the Commands of the Space exhibition allows you to learn about the moon, build a vehicle adapted to the surface of Mars and watch it travel through rocky terrain or spin a ball in the gravity well to see the force in action.
The city of Houston, Texas, houses the Apollo Mission Control Center located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. This is the site from which the NASA team planned and conducted the first spaceflight missions with humans, achieving the goal of landing a man on the Moon on July 20, 1969, an achievement that meant that in 1985 the Historical Control of the Mission was included in the National Register of Historic Places.
To celebrate the anniversary, the Johnson Space Center, along with a community of fans from around the world, have come together to restore the mission control center and to show precisely what the area looked like when the landing took place. July 1969. The restoration shows the real consoles used to monitor all Apollo lunar missions, including Apollo’s famous lunar landing and the emergence of Apollo 13.
The small town of Chantilly surprises to house the Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center, an immense space three times bigger than the Smithsonian National Museum of Air and Space of Washington DC. Some of the main attractions are the SR-71 (the fastest plane in the world), its observation tower to see the planes take off and land at Dulles airport, feel pilot or astronaut for a day inside one of the simulators or attend any of the projections on the Airbus IMAX Theater. His exhibitions are also the main reason to attract space fans such as his collection of satellites, orbiter and space probes or shows under the title Human Spaceflight that honors the 500 men and women of mission in space since the first adventure of Yuri Gagarin in 1961 or the achievements of the 24 people who have hit the moon so far.
Until September 2, visitors will be able to visit the traveling exhibition Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission at the Flight Museum in Seattle. This will be the only opportunity to see this sample on the west coast that will exhibit original objects of Apollo 11, including more than 20 unique Smithsonian artifacts (many of which were sent in the historical mission) and dozens of objects from other missions of the NASA and Russia belonging to the museum’s collection. In addition, coinciding with the 50th anniversary, on July 20 there will be a festival that will include a multitude of interactive events. On the other hand, in the iconic Seatle tower known as the Space Needle, a privileged observatory has been located to see the city from the second floor to the 184 meters high that reaches its roof. In addition, on the first floor of the tower known as Loupe, is the only rotating glass plant in the world.
It is expected that large influx of travelers go to Huntsville, Alabama to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. Nicknamed Rocket City, Huntsville is home to the Marshall Space Flight Center, where scientists worked to develop the spacecraft that sent astronauts to the moon. During the course of the year, there will be daily recreations of the lunar landing at the Space Center and the main rockets of the United States, in what is the largest space museum in the world, which will culminate with an attempt to achieve a World Guinness World Record. next July 16, the date on which Apollo 11 was launched. That day is scheduled to be at 8.32 am (the exact time the rockets were fired in 1969), the center launches 5,000 rockets into the sky, before a party that will fill the streets of downtown Huntsville.
At other times of the year, visitors to the US Space and Rocket Center UU You can visit the historic shuttle park and the rocket park, or visit the Apollo exhibition: When We Won to the Moon. The show that will be a world premiere is a chronicle of the space race through time and can be seen until December 2019. Finally, no visit to the city would be complete without a trip to the Space Camp, located in the Space Center and of the US Rockets. UU It is an opportunity for both adults and children to experience the training to which future astronauts are subjected.
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