One Small Step for Man, 50th Anniversary Celebrations in Cincinnati.

After a four day space travel from Florida to the Moon’s surface, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on a new world July 20, 1969. Fifty years later, we celebrate man’s first steps and exploration on the Moon with events across the US. Here are a few ways to celebrate this monumental day right here in Cincinnati!


Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery in the Museum of Natural History & Science at Union Terminal’s Cincinnati Museum Center is a new permanent exhibit that celebrates the legacy of the historic Apollo 11 mission. The gallery is centered around a 360-degree immersive theater experience, transporting guests to the excitement and trepidation of the summer of 1969. This exhibit is open now during regular CMC hours.

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Apollo 11: First Steps Edition, with exclusive showings on July 20th in the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater, is crafted from a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition puts you at the center of NASA’s historic lunar landing. Created entirely from archival materials provided by NASA and the National Archives, the film features stunning shots of the launch, inside Mission Control and recovery and post-mission activities. Audio recordings capture individual tracks from 60 key mission personnel throughout every moment of the mission. Relive the first steps and remarkable achievement of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and thousands of people behind the scenes in stunning footage revealed to the public for the first time.


The Cincinnati Observatory will be hosting their Apollo 11 Family Event (An out-of-this-world event for all ages.) during the day, and Celestial Sips (Star gazing and beer tasting at the oldest public observatory in the country!) during the evening of July 20th.

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iSPACE Apollo 11 Lunar Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration! on July 20, from 10AM – 12PM will feature a variety of hands on STEM activities related to life as an astronaut and all things Lunar! Try on a space suit, learn about the phases of the moon, explore jobs at NASA, try your hand at building a Lunar Lander, and much more. Activities will be geared for K – 6 students, but all ages are welcome.


Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission at Union Terminal’s Cincinnati Museum Center from 9/28/2019 – 2/17/2020 explores and honors that great achievement using genuine flown artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission on loan from the National Air and Space Museum, featuring the Apollo command module Columbia — the only portion of the historic spacecraft to survive the lunar journey.


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