In 2019, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum helped lead a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon landing, which occurred on July 20, 1969. The celebrations took many forms, from educational programs to a virtual fitness challenge, and even a show that combined a full-motion projection on the Washington Monument to recreate the launch of Apollo 11 and tell the story of the first Moon landing. 

Take a look back at how we celebrated this monumental anniversary. With our renowned collection and expertise, we sparked a national conversation about the past, present, and future of innovation and exploration beyond the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing.

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