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Ways to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing

Half a century later, the accomplishments of the Moon Landing still impact our world today, highlighting what can be possible. Organizations across the state offer families fun events to celebrate with a look back at this important historical event.

Passport to explore aviation and space in Oklahoma 

Three Oklahoma museums are partnering on a project that encourages Oklahomans to learn more about our states impact on aviation and space exploration. The Stafford Air and Space Museum, Tulsa Air and Space Museum and the Oklahoma History Center are offering a passport where individuals can mark their museum visits and be entered to win a free membership to the museum of their choice. You can pick up a passport at any of the three museum and start your journey exploring the ways Oklahomans have advanced these industries. The Aviation and Space Trail concludes on August 19, National Aviation Day.

Dress the part at Myriad Gardens’ Full Moon Bike Ride

Embark on a leisurely one-hour bike ride around town on Wednesday, July 16 dressed as your favorite astronaut and even take a selfie with Buzz Lightyear. You can also embellish your ride to look like a rocket ship!

Watch “The Day We Walked on the Moon” at the Oklahoma History Center

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the Oklahoma History Center will host a screening of the Smithsonian Channel™ film titled The Day We Walked on the Moon (2019) on Saturday, July 20, 1 p.m. The film features interviews from key figures in NASA Mission Control, contemporary astronauts, and the families of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. The documentary is being screened at 50 Smithsonian Institution-affiliated museums across the country on 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.

Explore the skies at the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club’s Community Star Party

Members of the local club will gather along the banks of the Oklahoma River to set up their telescopes. Organizers say both Jupiter and Saturn will be good evening objects and the moon will be rising at about the same time as Armstrong and Aldrin were finishing their lunar walk 50 years prior.

“Apollo 11: For All Mankind” 

With showtimes through Labor Day, this Science Museum Oklahoma original presentation traces the courageous beginnings of space exploration up to and through the accomplishments of NASA’s Apollo moon program and examines the legacy of Apollo which lives today with our eyes looking toward Mars and beyond.  This show starts at noon Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sundays. The museum will also host special activities Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Launch rockets, experiment with centripetal force, try SMO’s hovercraft, see newly displayed artifacts from the Apollo 10 & 11 missions and more. 

If you are looking for more ways to celebrate this historical event, NASA and its partners have several events planned nationally.