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The summer of 2019 marked 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, together with NASA's new objective of returning astronauts to the Moon in the 2020s, bridge past, present, and future space exploration. We invite you to join in as we celebrate the anniversaries of key moments in the Apollo missions!

Important Dates for Apollo 50th Anniversaries

Apollo 11

July 16 – 24, 1969 (50th anniversary: July 16 – 24, 2019) First humans to set foot on the Moon

Apollo 12

November 14 – 24, 1969 (November 14 – 24, 2019) Saturn V rocket was struck by lightning twice during launch Pieces of the Surveyor 3 probe were collected and returned to Earth for analysis

Apollo 13

April 11 – 17, 1970 (April 11 – 17, 2020) Farthest people have ever been from Earth! Moon landing aborted after an explosion in one of the oxygen tanks crippled the spacecraft during flight

Apollo 14

January 31 – February 9, 1971 (January 31 – February 9,2021) Lunar module landed in the Moon’s Fra Mauro formation (Apollo 13’s original target) Astronaut Stuart Roosa brought tree seeds with him on the journey, many of which are growing here on Earth today! Astronaut Alan Shepard, lunar golfer, hit two golf balls on the Moon at the end of Apollo 14’s last extravehicular activity

Apollo 15

July 26 – August 7, 1971 (July 26 – August 7, 2021) Improved technology allowed these astronauts to stay longer on the Moon, almost 3 days! First use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle, enabling longer traveling distances

Apollo 16

April 16 – 27, 1972 (April 16 – 27, 2022) Astronauts deployed and operated the first astronomical telescope on the Moon

Apollo 17

December 7 – 19, 1972 (December 7 – 19, 2022) Apollo program’s final launch First astronaut scientist to walk on the Moon – geologist Harrison ‘Jack’ Schmitt

Apollo 50th Resources

Apollo 50 Celebration

Parks and Science Center Apollo 50th Celebration Package

Bring NASA Science to your park or outdoor science center!

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

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.

Apollo 12 | Apollo 13

Download and adapt these presentation slides about Apollo 12 and Apollo 13 to your audience and setting. The notes section for each slide contains the image source and explanations.

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

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 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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