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Moon Landing 50th Anniversary at Chabot Space Center | Oakland

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Saturday, July 20, 2019 - All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free with Admission

Chabot Space & Science Center | 10000 Skyline Blvd. Oakland, CA

Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary | 1969

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission which landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, with Neil Armstrong taking the historic first steps on the moon 6 hours later. The first steps on the moon took place at 7:56pm Pacific Time.

Apollo 11 blasted off on July 16, 1969. Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins were the astronauts on Apollo 11. Four days later, Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon.

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong

Fifty years later, the world is remembering the historic mission, and right here in the Bay, our local museums are hosting celebratory anniversary events as well.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 with hands-on moon demos, a new planetarium show, Lunaverse and more, on July 20th at 10 am.

Schedule Lineup:

  • 10 am-5 pm: Hands-On Moon Activities

Learn all about the moon through hands-on activities and demos with out Galaxy Explorers!

  • 10 am-5 pm: Luminous Moon Exhibit

Astronomy Hall

This is the moon as you’ve never seen it! An exhibition of high-resolution lunar images captured by NASA astronauts, satellites and from Oakland’s own Chabot telescopes. In addition to stunning images of our Moon, there will be hands on activities related to our closest neighbor for visitors to explore. The world is looking at the Moon through a new lens.

  • 10:30 am: Lunaverse


“Lunaverse” explores the nature of Earth’s moon: its motion and phases, lunar and solar eclipses, tides, and the Moon’s origin. The story unfolds as a conversation between a curious young child and the Moon—Luna—over the course of a night, from moonrise to moonset.

  • 11:30 am: Chasing The Moon Documentary Viewing

Megadome Theater

In 1969, humanity paused and looked skyward to witness the impossible. Fifty years later, pause once again. CHASING THE MOON premieres across three nights, beginning July 8 on PBS.

Join American Experience and PBS to relive the journey that defined a generation. “Chasing the Moon” recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama, utilizing a feast of previously overlooked and lost archival material. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/chasing-moon-teaser/

  • Noon: Astronaut


  • Noon & 3 pm: Mini Missions: Escape From The Moon

Challenger Learning Center

Do you have the right stuff to make an emergency escape from the moon in your spacecraft? Join us this First Friday for this new, exciting, and immersive mission simulation.

  • 1:18 pm: Lunar Landing Countdown

The Apollo 11 lunar lander touched down on the moon’s surface at 1:18pm PST! Join us for a countdown to mark 50 years!

  • 1:30 pm: Lunar Talk By Gerald Mckeegan


Join for a talk by Astronomer Gerald McKeegan all about lunar geography and geology, and the contributions to lunar science that came (and are still come) out of the Apollo Missions.

  • 2 pm: Tale Of Many Moons


Let us fly you to the Moon – and maybe two or three others. The moons of the Solar System are richly diverse: as fantastic and far-flung as the planets they circle. We’ll take you on a journey to some of the most mysterious, beautiful, and awe-inspiring natural satellites that our robotic spacecraft have yet revealed.

  • 3 pm: Apollo 11 (2019) Film Showing


Never-before-seen footage and audio recordings take you straight into the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin embark on a historic trip to the moon. Rated G.

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Cost: FREE*
*Free with Admission
Categories: Kids & Families, Lectures & Workshops, Movies, Science & Technology
Address: 10000 Skyline Blvd. Oakland, CA

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