50 years ago, on July 20, 1969, humans walked on the Moon for the first time. Celebrate with us as we look back at the legacy of our first small steps on the Moon and look forward to the next giant leap.
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will help lead a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions. With our renowned collection and expertise, programming across the country, and activities in Washington, DC, we hope to spark a national conversation about the past, present, and future of innovation and exploration.
David Rubenstein interviews Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins as part of the Museum's Apollo 50 Gala.
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Together We Choose
On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy rallied the nation behind our lunar quest with his iconic "We Choose to Go to the Moon" speech at Rice University. This moment helped usher in the space age as we now know it. As we look back at our past, and ahead to our next great leap, the National Air and Space Museum gathered aerospace ground breakers--scientists, historians, and astronauts from the Apollo-era to today's commercial crew--to commemorate this historic call to action.
Apollo 50 Keepsakes
Special commemorative coins from the U.S. Mint marked Apollo 11’s milestone anniversary. Half of the proceeds from the sales of the coins will go to our Destination Moon exhibition.
Anniversary items are available on the Museum's Apollo 50 online store, powered by Cafe Press.
The Apollo Story
The Spirit of Apollo
This special night at Washington National Cathedral celebrated the iconic Apollo 8 Christmas Eve broadcast from space with astronaut Jim Lovell and other special guests