First Footsteps on the Moon: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Lunar Landing

Join us for First Footsteps on the Moon -- a night for all ages celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing mission.


On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” when they became the first humans to set foot on the surface of the moon. 

Join us for some or all of the fun, including:

  • Exclusive Screening: Apollo 11 (6:00pm-7:30pm) – Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission — the one that first put men on the moon. Experience this historic event, and this award-winning documentary in the large screen format inside the Alan Bean Planetarium.
  • Skygazing: Man on the Moon (7:30pm-9:30pm), including:
    • Hands-on Fun! Learn about how lunar craters form, how the moon moves, its phases and more with fun, hands-on activities great for all ages. We'll also have lunar samples for you to examine up close!
    • Imagine Your Birthday Party on the Moon! – A fun way for children ages 4-7 to learn about the moon! Local author Joyce Lapin will share her newly released children’s book, If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
    • Up Close Moon & Stars – Weather-permitting, we’ll use our telescopes to take a close look at the moon, its craters, and sites of lunar landings.
    • Sunset Over the Valley – View the colors of the sunset from our spectacular mountaintop vantage point—946 feet above sea level atop a larger-than-life sundial that is 18 feet in diameter.


Apollo 11 only -- $8 General Admission/$5 TMSC Members
Skygazing: Man on the Moon only  -- $8 General Admission/$5 TMSC Members

Save with a Combo Ticket: 

Apollo 11 Screening & Skygazing --  $12 General Admission/$8 TMSC Members





Friday, July 12, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:30pm