Apollo 11 Moon Landing 40th Anniversary Events
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Millions of people across the globe watched as two men landed on the moon for the first time on July 20, 1969. The National Air and Space Museum is commemorating this defining moment in space exploration with several 40th anniversary-related programs including astronaut appearances, book signings, the opening of an art exhibit and gallery talks by the museum’s Space History curators. All events are free.
•“Ask an Expert” Talks - Every Wednesday in July at noon museum curators will discuss a topic related to the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Talks last 15-30 minutes and offer visitors an opportunity for give-and-take with space exploration experts.
•“Countdown to the Moon!” Family Day - Thursday, July 16; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Visitors will interact one-on-one with scientists active in Moon research and mission planning, participate in hands-on activities; learn about lunar geology and meet museum geologists who are working on potential landing sites for human and robotic exploration; see 3-D and HD images of the Moon’s surface; and learn about lunar missions past, present, and future.
•Exhibit Opening: “Alan Bean: Painting Apollo, First Artist on Another World” - Thursday, July 16; 10 a.m. This will be the largest exhibition of paintings by American artist and Apollo 12 astronaut, Alan Bean, approximately 40 original paintings and drawings will be featured. The show will enable viewers to experience a world 238,000 miles away through the eyes of the only artist to walk on the lunar surface. Alan Bean will be signing his new book in the gallery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•Meet the Filmmaker and DVD Signing: “Alan Bean: Artist Astronaut” documentary by Jeffrey Roth - Saturday, July 18, and Sun., July 19; 4 - 5:30 p.m. Jeffrey Roth will sign copies of his documentary about Alan Bean. The film explores why Bean left NASA to make his Apollo-inspired artwork, using footage shot inside Bean’s workshop and photos of the Apollo-era tools he uses to add texture to his paintings.
•Meet the Author and Book Signings - Saturday, July 18, noon - 2 p.m. - : “Spacesuits: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection” by Amanda Young and Mark Avino. Sunday, July 19, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Apollo Astronauts: Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Michael Collins “Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon” by Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, “Painting Apollo” by Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean, 40th Anniversary Edition of “Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys” by Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins.
•Annual John H. Glenn Lecture “40th Anniversary of Apollo 11” - Sunday, July 19, 8 p.m. NASM welcomes the Apollo 11 crew, as well as Mission Control creator and former Johnson Space Center director Chris Kraft as the speakers for the Museum’s 2009 John H. Glenn lecture in space history.
•Flights of Fancy—Stories for Children: “Moon Plane” by Peter McCarty - Every Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. “Moon Plane” is the story of a young boy who sees an airplane overhead and imagines himself in it, traveling all the way to the Moon. Recommended for children an art activity follows the story.