Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary Celebration

July 16 - July 24

June 13, 2019
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All eyes will be on Houston, the home of human spaceflight, as the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing and Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon on July 20. Space Center Houston is the perfect setting to celebrate all things Apollo 11 this summer – especially from the anniversary of the Apollo 11 blastoff on July 16 through the mission’s conclusion when the astronauts safely splashed down back on Earth on July 24.

 

JULY 20 | 9AM-12AM

Apollo 11 50th Live is an all-day lunar celebration and countdown to Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon. Discover an array of space-themed experiences including late-night NASA Tram Tours, notable speakers, book signings, an outdoor festival with a concert, a family STEM zone, and more.

The first 15,000 Apollo celebration guests receive a commemorative LED wristband that glows throughout the indoor experience, during the concert and the official first steps countdown at 9:56 p.m. Wristbands will be issued onsite to ticket holders.

Opening ceremony: At 9:15 a.m. kick off a day full of celebration featuring a host of notable and inspiring speakers from the Apollo era and today

Presentations: Special 45-minute panel presentations featuring Apollo-era flight controllers throughout the day including:

  • Lunar Module Development and Operations at 10 a.m. with panelists Richard Cucco, Jack Knight and William Reeves
  • Lunar Module Landing at 11 a.m. with panelists John D. Hold and Milton J. Heflin
  • Lunar Science Experiments at 12 p.m. with panelists Wendel Mendel and Arthur L. Schmitt
  • Command Module Landing and Recovery Operations at 1 p.m. with panelists Harold A. Loden, William Reeves and Robert Nance

Book signings by renowned authors:

  • "Dutch" von Ehrenfried will be signing copies of his book, “Apollo Mission Control; The Making of a National Historic Landmark”
  • Rick Houston will be signing copies of his book, “Go Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control”

Outdoor Festival Events:

  • Outdoor evening concert - Talent to be announced at a later date
  • Live interactive countdown to Neil Armstrong's first steps July 20, 1969, at 9:56 p.m. CT (much like the ball drop on New Year’s Eve in New York’s Times Square), complete with synchronized digital lighted wristbands for attendees
  • Late night NASA Tour Trams to Rocket Park
  • Family STEM Zone with hands-on activities, robotic challenges, and Apollo-themed learning experiences
  • A variety of indoor and outdoor food & drink options
  • Golden Knights, the US Army official aerial parachute demonstration team, will parachute in at noon

Rocket Park activities:

  • US Army Apache helicopter on display
  • US Army exhibit trailer focusing on robotics
  • Jerry Woodfill Rock and Roll Show (55 minutes)

VIP experience packages: Depending on package, additional experiences will include:

  • Concert pre-party/happy hour and special VIP seating at concert, including a commemorative chair to take home, or
  • Dinner and a special presentation by Apollo-era luminaries, as well as an evening tour of Apollo Mission Control Center, where the Apollo 11 mission was controlled, in the final hours leading up to the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on Moon at 9:56 p.m. CST

PRICES

Golden Ticket: includes general admission + access to outdoor festival & concert.

  • Public price: $49.95; Member price: $20 per ticket up to 6 tickets

Golden VIP Ticket: Includes all-inclusive concert pre-party featuring beer, wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar for cocktails, exclusive tour for Apollo Mission Control Center, reserved VIP concert seating, a branded take-home folding chair, and onsite parking – one parking pass per four tickets purchased).

  • Public price: $250; Member price: $212.50 per ticket up to 6 tickets


Golden Deluxe VIP Ticket: Includes all-inclusive seated dinner, beer, wine and a cash bar for cocktails, an exclusive presentation by Apollo-era luminaries in Space Center Theater, exclusive tour for Apollo Mission Control Center, reserved VIP concert seating, a branded take-home folding chair, and onsite parking – one parking pass per four tickets purchased).

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