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:
• 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Launch
• Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins begin their journey to the Moon
• 50th Anniversary of First Crewed Lunar Landing
• Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle lands on the Moon, while the Command Module Columbia orbits the Moon
• 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Splashdown
• Safe return to Earth of Apollo 11 astronauts
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.
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.
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.