Union Station hosting 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing celebration

Picture of footprint on the moon

376713 01: (FILE PHOTO) An Apollo 11 astronaut's footprint in the lunar soil, photographed by a 70 mm lunar surface camera during the Apollo 11 lunar surface extravehicular activity. Neil Armstrong steped into history July 20, 1969 by leaving the first human footprint on the surface of the moon. The 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon mission is celebrated July 20, 1999. (Photo by NASA/Newsmakers)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s the week of the 50th anniversary of the first time humans set foot on the moon, and Union Station is helping metro residents celebrate.

On July 16, 1969 at 8:32 a.m., the Apollo 11 rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Four days later, the spacecraft touched down on the moon, and Neil Armstrong took his famous “giant leap for mankind.”

Union station is commemorating the launch with free moon viewings on Tuesday, July 16. According to the station’s website, telescopes will be set up in the south plaza for the lunar viewings. This event is free and open to the public and goes from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

On Friday, July 19, Union Station Members will have access to a presentation by former Director of NASA Education Dr. R. Lynn Bondurant at 7 p.m. After the presentation, attendants will have access to real Apollo 11 artifacts and a viewing of the new movie, “CAPCOM GO!” Tickets are available on Union Station’s website. This event will also be available on July 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Other events and special exhibits on July 20, the anniversary date of when the spacecraft touched down on the moon, are as follows:

  • 10 am  – 11 am & 1 pm – 2 pm Creating Craters –Every Last Drop
  • 10 am  – 11 am & 1 pm – 2 pm Secrets of Gravity –Periodic Table
  • 10 am – 4:30 pm Mission Control –  Tapped Out
  • 10 am  – 5 pm Augmented Reality Moon Map Experience– Spin Chair Location
  • 10 am  – 5 pm Wind Tunnel Capsule Return Testing – Puzzles
  • 10:30 am – 1:30 pm Exploring Outer Space with Early Learners – Kinderlab
  • 10:30 am- 4 pm Make your own NASA Patch –Maker Studio
  • 11 am – 12 pm & 2 – 3 pm Lunar Robotics –Periodic Table
  • 11 am , 1 pm & 3 pm – Animal Chat- Gecko Grippers –  Unlock the Code
  • 11 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 4 pm Moon Rovers and Lunar Scales – SOS
  • 11 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 4 pm Make your own Star Map –Test Kitchen
  • 11 am – 4 pm  Astronaut Training – Amazing Brain
  • 12 pm & 3 pm Out of this World (Stage Show)

Attendants must purchase tickets to access these events in Science City.

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