The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will present an once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 this July in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior and 59 Productions. For three nights, July 16, 17 and 18—a full-sized, 363-foot Saturn V rocket will be projected onto the east face of the Washington Monument from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. On Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, a special 17-minute show, “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon” will combine full-motion projection-mapping artwork on the monument and archival footage to recreate the launch of Apollo 11 and tell the story of the first moon landing.
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum continues its major renovation of the building on the National Mall with the next phase of gallery closures July 8. The two additional exhibitions to close will be “Early Flight” and “Exploring the Planets.” The east wing of the museum, the Planetarium and IMAX theater will remain open. Many of the museum’s icons, including the “Spirit of St. Louis,” the 1903 Wright Flyer, Bell X-1, Skylab and the Apollo Lunar Module, will remain on display. The first set of new galleries is scheduled to reopen in 2022.
Museum Will Host “Apollo 50 Festival” and Late-Night Celebration
The National Air and Space Museum announced additional details for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The museum’s five-day celebration in Washington, D.C...
The National Air and Space Museum will host its annual “Innovations in Flight Family Day and Aviation Display,” Saturday, June 15. Visitors can view more than 50 vintage, modern, military and commercial aircraft that will fly in for the day and be on display outside the museum. Aircraft...
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a full day of activities and programs Thursday, June 6, at the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Museum experts will give an aeronautical perspective of the Allied invasion of Normandy, which gave them the foothold they needed to defeat Nazi Germany the following year. These talks and hands-on activities will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The National Air and Space Museum has announced its latest commemorative activity, Race to the Moon, as part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Apollo 11 was the collective achievement of 400,000 individuals working towards a common goal. To celebrate this shared experience, the museum is challenging a new generation. Race to the Moon is a 50-day virtual race on the social fitness app Strava that will challenge participants to run 50 miles in 50 days. The race starts June 1 and ends July 20.
The National Air and Space Museum received an $11 million gift from Allan and Shelley Holt made through The Hillside Foundation to support the creation of a new gallery, part of the dramatic transformation of the museum’s building on the National Mall. The “Allan and Shelley Holt Innovations Gallery” will be a dynamic space that explores how new inventions shape aviation and space exploration in this century and the next.
The National Air and Space Museum has announced Apollo at the Park, an exciting program that will display full-sized statues of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit in 15 Major League ballparks across the country, as part of the museum’s nationwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. America’s national pastime meets history’s greatest adventure June 4 when the first statue will be unveiled at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The other 14 suits will appear in ballparks soon after.
Thousands of young cliff-like, fault scarps detected in images taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) are evidence of a shrinking moon and recently active lunar faults. But just how recently these faults were active was not known.
The National Air and Space Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a five-day celebration at the museum and on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. From July 16, exactly 50 years from the launch of Apollo 11, to July 20, the day Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on the moon, visitors can take part in celebrating this momentous milestone in history. A variety of educational and commemorative activities will take place throughout the week. Regular updates will be posted to the museum’s website.