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50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

  • Davis-Explorit Astronomy Club
When Jul 20, 2019
from 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Explorit Science Center
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50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing when two NASA astronauts became the first humans to physically walk on the surface of an alien world. On July 20, 1969, around 650 million people globally, a fifth of the earth's population, witnessed the moon landing in real time on their televisions as this seminal feat in the annals of space exploration was beamed live to earth from the moon's surface.

Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on July 16, 1969. They rendezvoused with the moon on July 19, prompting Collins to say, "My gosh, they're monsters," when he viewed the lunar mountains and craters at close range. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin descended to the moon's surface in the lunar spacecraft nicknamed Eagle, while Collins remained circling the moon in the main spacecraft nicknamed Columbia.

After the successful landing of the Eagle in the Sea of Tranquility on the moon's surface, Neil Armstrong stepped down from the lunar lander and stepped into the history books as the first man on the moon. Symbolizing the momentous occasion, he famously said the often-quoted words: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Aldrin descended soon after, becoming the second man to walk on the moon and exclaiming "Beautiful view. Magnificent desolation."

Everyone is invited to the Saturday, July 20 meeting of the Davis Astronomy Club at Explorit Science Center (3141 5th Street, Davis) starting at 7:30pm. We will discuss the importance of the Apollo program and future manned missions to moon and Mars. All ages are welcome to attend the featured presentation indoors, followed by the star party outdoors. 
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