Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

July 16th – 24th

Join the North Museum of Nature and Science in celebrating one of the most historic moments in the United States, when man first step foot onto the moon.  We’ll kick off the celebration with launching various types of rockets in conjunction with the U.S. Space Rocket Center’s Global Rocket Launch event as they try to break a world record!

For the entire length of the Apollo 11 mission, July 16-24, the North Museum will host various activities related to the moon and planetarium shows commemorating the 50th anniversary.  On select days, guest speakers will share their expertise on topics from the Saturn V rocket to Apollo 11 to highlighting rarely seen images of Man’s first landing on the Moon.

If you can attend only one date, pick the actual 50th anniversary date of Saturday, July 20th, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first to walk on the moon.

Guest Speakers / Lectures

(Free with Museum Admission. Ticket required)

July 17th

1:00 pm
“Luna: A New World”

Ronald Bolton, York County Astronomical Society
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From first steps to planting a flag to collecting rocks, join Ron Bolton as he offers a glimpse of exploring a new world and how this mission impacted our world from politics to the science of how the moon was created.

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July 20th

11:00 am
The Mighty Saturn V: Launching Astronauts to the Moon

Axel Diaz, NASA Solar System Ambassador
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Join NASA Solar System Ambassador volunteer Axel Diaz as shares the inner workings of the Saturn V rocket, the history, and how the workhorse of the Apollo missions helped us get to the moon.

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1:00 pm
We choose to go to the Moon, but it’s time to go for another moonwalk.

Dr. David Fisher, Space Flight Historian, Lycoming College
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Celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with Dr. David Fisher. He’ll provide a detailed look back at the Apollo 11 mission but also propel us to the current plans to return to the moon.

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July 21st

1:00 pm
Apollo 11: Rarely seen images of Man’s first landing on the Moon

Mark and Tom Usciak, Photographers (during Apollo missions to today’s current missions)
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Reminiscence about the Apollo moon missions through the amazing photography of Mark and Tom Usciak. Celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 as the Usciak brothers share their experience and everything from rocket assembly to the trip to the pad and launch to mission and recovery. Plus photos of the post mission parades and assorted post flight activities.

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Planetarium Shows

(Museum admission + $4 additional cost, ticket required):
*Subject to Change

Max Goes to the Moon


July 16 – 19 & July 22 – 24
11:30 am

Based on the award-winning children’s book by Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, follow the adventure of a dog named Max as he and his sidekick, Tori, look to re-ignite the human exploration of the Moon. It has been over 40 years since humans walked on the Moon. Max and Tori examine and follow the new scientific lunar discoveries, including the discovery of water ice in and around the poles of the moon. A production of Fiske Planetarium.

Suggested Grades: preK to 5th              Length: 31 minutes

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Apollo 11: Man’s First Step onto the Moon

July 16, 18 – 19 & July 22 – 24
1:30 pm

July 17, 20 – 21
2:30 pm

Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed. Getting to the moon was dreamed about for thousands of years, but became a reality on July 20, 1969. Retrace the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and the events that led up to the historic moon landing that took place fifty years ago. A Production of the Jenks Planetarium.

Suggested Grades: 3rd to adult               Length: 26 minutes

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Apollo 11 Anniversary Activities

(included w/ Museum admission)

July 16 – 24

Moon related hands-on activities

Learn about the moon and the Apollo 11 mission through various activities from moon phases and eclipses to testing your knowledge to designing and lunar lander and more!

July 16th

11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Global Rocket Launch

Join the North Museum as we help the U.S. Space & Rocket Center break a world record by launching all kinds of rockets in 24 hours across the globe. We will have opportunities to launch different types of rockets from 11 am – 4pm to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

July 20th

York County Astronomical Society

York County Astronomical Society members will be onsite providing moon related activities.

Creating Moonscapes with Carol Welsh

Unleash your creativity and imagination in this art activity by making a lunar landscape.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Launch Water Rockets

Lift off at 12:28 pm
Live coverage of a rocket launch in Planetarium

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm
Demo of nitrogen rockets

3:15 pm
Cool Demo by Cosmic Mike

A quick but cool demo out front of the Museum at 3:15 pm.