Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing
Fifty years ago, on 16 July 1969, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.
This mission was to make history, accomplishing a seemingly impossible goal set by President John F Kennedy in 1961, on a seemingly impossible timeline.
On 20 July, Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the Moon in the Eagle lunar module, as Collins stayed on the command module (Columbia). Armstrong was first to step onto the Moon, with Aldrin following about 20 minutes later. Around 650 million people on Earth watched the incredible moment unfold live on TV, broadcast from the surface of the Moon.
With some of the original Egglescliffe School house blocks named after these incredible Apollo 11 astronauts, the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing this July seemed an opportunity to celebrate this out-of-world achievement. And so welcome to the second mission by the team that brought you the Space Age Lectures in 2018: celebrating this anniversary with the Egglescliffe Space Sessions on Thursday 18 July 2019.
Session 1: The Eagle has landed – Former Chair of UK Space Agency, Professor David Southwood CBE, will cover the incredible story of the Apollo programme with original footage of the Moon landing.
Session 2: Reporting the Apollo missions – Live interview link with James Burke, the BBC’s chief reporter on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, he had a front row seat for one of the most iconic moments of the 20th century.
Session 3: My Dad has landed! – Live Skype link from Kennedy Space Centre with Buzz Aldrin’s son, Dr Andy Aldrin.
This is a free event, registration is required.