After a four day space travel from Florida to the Moon’s surface, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed onto a new world on July 20, 1969. Fifty years later, we celebrate man’s first steps and exploration on the Moon with events across the US. Here are a few ways to locally celebrate Apollo 11 and the monumental day.
Baton Rouge has a couple of celebration stations on Saturday, July 20.
Firstly, you may want to swing by the Louisiana Art & Science Museum for an all-day event. The museum’s One Giant Leap for Mankind celebration has hands-on activities for all ages from 10 am – 2 pm and special planetarium shows from 10 am – 5 pm. One of the shows will include the recently-released Apollo 11: First Steps Edition. This showing is supposed to be a special one because it tells the Apollo 11 story from beginning to end with some behind the scenes action.
Getting into this event costs as much as it would for any other entry at the LASM: $9 for adults, $7.50 for children (3-12) and seniors (65+) and free for members. Check it out at 100 River Road South, Downtown Baton Rouge.
Keep the space party going at the Highland Road Park Observatory. From 6:30 pm to 12:30 am, you can visit for food, physical science demonstrations and hands-on activities and games. There will also be a sky tour to view about seven satellites and rocket bodies in the night. This is an event for all ages. There is no admission fee. Head over to 13800 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge.
Now, if you feel like getting a little more adventurous with your celebrations, drive out to the Mississippi-Louisiana border.
After entering Mississippi, pull off of the I-10 East Exit 2 and into the Infinity Science Center and NASA Stennis Center. For regular admission, you can participate in activities such as “Living and Working in Space,” stomp rockets, historical displays and goody stations. The center will also honor the 50 anniversary of the moon landing with a United States Postal Service ceremony. It will dedicate a commemorative Apollo 11 stamp which you can purchase during the day at INFINITY.
And if these events don’t get your space curiosity stirring, maybe this story by CBS Evening News’s Mark Strassman will. These moon rock and soil samples will make you want to learn more! I mean, how can something so grey and still be so exciting? Those who were a part of the Apollo 11 mission would tell you.