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This summer marks two great NASA achievements, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and the 10th anniversary of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter entering lunar orbit. These anniversaries, and NASA's new objective of returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024, mark an opportunity to celebrate past, present, and future space exploration. We invite you to join in! Below is a collection of NASA resources curated to help you celebrate the Moon.

Important dates this summer include:

July 16

• 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Launch
• Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins begin their journey to the Moon

July 20

• 50th Anniversary of First Crewed Lunar Landing
• Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle lands on the Moon, while the Command Module Columbia orbits the Moon

July 24

• 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Splashdown
• Safe return to Earth of Apollo 11 astronauts

Apollo 50th Resources

Apollo 50 Celebration

Parks and Science Center Apollo 50th Celebration Package

Bring NASA Science to your park or outdoor science center!

Apollo 50 at the Ballpark

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo at your Ballpark

LRO has a partnership with Minor League Baseball to bring Space Science to the ballpark. Here are some suggested resources to share NASA science with fans.

The Apollo Legacy Presentation

Long version - 217mb (.pptx)
Short version - 195mb (.pptx)

These Apollo Legacy presentations are meant to be resources for learning about the Apollo missions. They are not intended to be used as is – please feel free to alter/edit the presentations to fit your specific needs and audience. Depending on the topic you would like to focus on, adding relevant images and/or videos would be greatly beneficial. The shorter version of the presentation does not include the Apollo press releases or command module locations. Both versions provide an overview of all the Apollo missions along with current lunar science and future lunar exploration.

Videos and Images

President Kennedy’s speech at RICE university
LRO Apollo 50th poster
LRO's Apollo 50th poster
We are NASA
Collection of video from the Scientific Visualization Studio
We are NASA
"We Are NASA" Video
LROC link
Apollo landing sites and images from LRO’s cameras
Space Stem Forum
Apollo 11 Litho
Apollo 11 Lithograph

NASA is frequently coming out with new visualizations to convey the discoveries made on the Earth and beyond!

LRO SVS Visualizations
"Moonlight (Clair de Lune)"
Sharper Views of Apollo 12, 14, and 17 Sites

Additional Image Gallery Resources


Continue to Celebrate the Moon

Save the date, October 5, for International Observe the moon night

International Observe the Moon Night

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration. One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to unite and observe and learn about the Moon and its connection to planetary science, and share personal and community connections we all have to the Moon.

Future of Lunar Exploration

Moon to Mars web site

Moon to Mars Program

NASA’s science, technology and human exploration activities touch every aspect of our lives here on Earth and we want to extend our presence to the farthest corners of the universe. In doing so, we will maintain America’s leadership in space.

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Web Curator : Jennifer Brill