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Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Monday, July 15

12–2 p.m.

The Continuing Paperclip Legacy: 2nd Generation
Discovery Theater (next to ticket counter of U.S. Space & Rocket Center Museum)
Led by Dr Klaus Dannenberg with intro by Dr Margrit von Braun and including Martin Dahm, Curt von Braun, Christel Kuberg Dunn and Dr Klaus Heimburg.

2 p.m.

Astronaut Al Worden Community Presentation
National Geographic Theater, Davidson Center for Space Exploration, U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Apollo 15 flight remembrances & book Signing.

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Concert in the Park: A Tribute to Space
Big Spring International Park (200 Church Street, Huntsville)
Bring your own chairs and blankets; food trucks are available.

Tuesday, July 16

Liftoff at 8:32 a.m. (Arrive at 8 a.m.)

Global Rocket Launch / Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Guinness Book of World Records Rocket Launch
U.S. Space & Rocket Center (One Tranquility Base, Huntsville)
Launching of 5000 model rockets simultaneously at the exact time of the Apollo launch on July 16, 1969 in an attempt to break the Guinness Book World Record. We will be launching 100 rockets per frame, a pallet-like structure that holds 100 rockets each. There will be a total of 50 frames.

POC for this action is Robin Soprano, Director, Space Camp Mission Support, USSRC robins@Spacecamp.com. Please help us prepare for this exciting event! In order to carefully control our process, adult participation only please. Sign up HERE to volunteer.

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Rocket Park, U.S. Space & Rocket Center grounds
The USSRC will be offering “Launch Tickets” to guests to participate in the following activities:

  • Straw Rockets: Design, build and launch a straw rocket using a special launcher!
  • Saturn V Air Rockets: Build and launch your own Saturn V! Can you generate enough force with one breath?
  • Stomp Rockets: Design, build and launch a paper rocket using stomp power!
  • Paper Action Reaction Rocket: Using the power of compressed air discover how high you can launch your paper rocket!
  • Hand pump water rockets: Use the power of pressurized water to launch a handheld water rocket!
  • Hypergolic POP! Rockets: Use a chemical reaction to launch a rocket!

5:30–9:30 p.m.

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration Dinner and Program (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday, July 17

12–2 p.m.

Onboard Control System for the German A4/V2 Rocket
Discovery Theater (next to ticket counter of U.S. Space & Rocket Center Museum)
Presented by Professor Bernd Ulmann from Frankfurt, Germany. The onboard control system for the A4/V2 rocket was developed by Dr Helmut Hoelzer, the father of the electronic analog computer and later MSFC’s Director of Computation Lab for the Apollo Program.

2:30–4:30 p.m.

Saturn Family of Launch Vehicles
National Geographic Theater, Davidson Center for Space Exploration, U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Led by Bill Sneed. Development and launch of Saturn I, IB and V rockets; what they were and what they did. The most powerful rockets of their time.

6:30–9 p.m.

Aerospace States Association Annual Awards Dinner
Saturn V Hall, U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Dr Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin is scheduled to make the keynote address at the Aerospace States Association Awards Dinner. The public is invited to purchase tickets to this event.

Thursday, July 18

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

The Voyage to the Moon: Small Steps and Giant Leaps
The Westin Hotel at Bridge Street Towne Center, Huntsville
Presented by Brooks Moore and sponsored by the North Alabama Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association). Sign up for this networking lunch ($20) by July 15.

5:30 p.m.

Space Authors Book Signing & Reception
Saturn V Hall, U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Local writers sell & sign copies of space-related books, supported by a reception.

6–8 p.m.

How We Really Got to the Moon: Leadership Secrets of the Apollo Program
Huntsville Main Public Library
Presented by Ralph Petroff.

Friday, July 19

6–9 p.m.

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Dancing in the Streets
Downtown Huntsville
Dance in the streets alongside the Polaris-produced Lunar Rover replica, enjoy musical performances and a projection experience; no admission charged. Free parking in Monroe Street parking deck.

9–11 p.m.

Apollo 11 Post Launch Celebration – Big Spring Terrace.

Saturday, July 20

2:30–4:30 p.m.

Apollo 11 – America’s First Landing on the Moon presentation
NatGeo Auditorium, Davidson Center for Space Exploration, U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Start arriving at 6 p.m. Event starts at 7 p.m.

Moon Landing Concert
Outside Saturn V Hall, U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Cost is $20 per person.
Celebrate the anniversary of the day Neil Armstrong took his historic first step on the Moon.

10–10:30 p.m.

Airing on WAFF Channel 48 News, Special Report by Liz Hurley “People of Apollo”

Sunday, July 21

11 a.m. service

Lunar Communion
Monte Sano United Methodist Church, 601 Monte Sano Blvd SE, Huntsville, AL 35801
Take part in this spiritual remembrance and service recognizing the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Guest speaker Margrit von Braun, daughter of Wernher von Braun.