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Find Events to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Movies, exhibits, even a guy from the Mythbusters TV show building a replica, there are lots planned.


This week marks the 50th anniversary of the launch and successful landing of the Apollo 11 and the world's first moon walk. There's lots to do all around the country, to celebrate, commemorate, and learn.

Armstrong Air and Space Museum, Wapakoneta, OH

Neil Armstrong , the first man to set foot on the moon, was born in Wapakoneta which now has an Air and Space Museum in his honor. They have activities going on all week ,including Friday's screening a new documentary titled "Armstrong" that includes never before seen home movies of his upbringing, service in the Korean War as a fighter pilot, his journey to astronaut and how he handled the celebrity afterwards. Harrison Ford voices the Armstrong role.

Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, OH

They have a full day of activities planned on Saturday , the anniversary of Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's moon walk. Meet a real astronaut, make your own rocket, and interact with characters from Star Wars. "The museum is thrilled to commemorate this momentous event with a day filled with exciting educational activities to remember the achievements of that day and to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists and explorers," said the museum's Cindy Henry.

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C.

The museum has lots of cool things on display for the anniversary . Starting Tuesday, Neil Armstrong's space suit goes on exhibit for the first time in 13 years, restored with the help of 9,000 kickstarter supporters. Thursday, Adam Savage (former host of TV's Mythbusters ) will construct a life-size replica of the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia hatch, beginning at 11 a.m. He'll use advanced 3D scans, original engineering drawings, and various mediums and techniques by 44 artists and fabrication shops.

Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh PA

The Science Center is playing "Apollo 11: First Steps Edition" at its Rangos Giant Cinema all this month . The approximately 47-minute film beautifully captures one of humanity's greatest feats, featuring never-before-seen 70mm footage and newly discovered audio recordings. The movie was designed exclusively for science centers and is showing across the country. Click here to find the showing nearest you.

Other events are happening around the country, and some are noted on the NASA website (click here) .

The moon is full on the 50th anniversary of the U.S. moon launch!

And you can celebrate and commemorate by gazing at the sky, right where you are, on Tuesday night. A full buck moon, the traditional Native American name for the full moon in July, rises at sunset, on the exact date that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida 50 years ago.

(Images: NASA website , Smithsonian Air and Space Facebook page )

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