On the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11's first human landing on the Moon, the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum welcomes the Apollo 11 crew, as well as Mission Control creator and former Johnson Space Center director Chris Kraft as the speakers for the Museum's 2009 John H. Glenn lecture in space history. 

Forty years ago, the United States sent the first human beings to land on the surface of the Moon.  Apollo 11 was the culmination of years of research, engineering, and hard work by the crew as well as by thousands of people on the ground. 

Join these distinguished speakers as they each offer their own unique perspectives on flight in America.

The speakers will not be signing autographs at the lecture. 


Due to rapid online sell out of tickets to previous lectures of this type, the museum used a random drawing to provide more people the chance of attending.  All requests in the random drawing had equal chance of receiving theater seating, overflow seating, or standby.   Requests made after midnight, June 1 and duplicate requests were not honored.  Tickets could only be reserved online and could not be reserved through the Museum Box Office for this event. Everyone who requested tickets by the deadline was notified via e-mail of their placement by June 5, 2009.  The lecture is sold out. No tickets will be available the night of the lecture.


Those who received standby status will be updated via e-mail a few days before the lecture as to whether the Museum expects overflow seating to be available due to cancelations.


The lecture will take place in the Lockheed Martin Imax Theater and will be simulcast to overflow seating inside the Museum.  The Director of the National Air and Space Museum, Senator John Glenn and the evening's speakers will visit each overflow area prior to the lecture for a brief welcome to the overflow guests.

This lecture can be viewed live on NASA TV, or watched via live NASA TV webcast.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Boeing Company.

Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin wore these spacesuits when they climbed down from their lunar module Eagle in July 1969 to become the first humans to walk on the Moon.

How to attend

National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

6th St. and Independence Ave SW. Washington, DC 20560
Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater