Pink Palace Museum celebrating Apollo 11 moon mission 50th anniversary

“That’s one small step for man . . . One giant leap for mankind.”

July 16, 1969. Fifty years ago this July Neil Armstrong uttered those immortal words, perhaps the most famous phrase ever spoken, after placing his boots on the lunar surface over 238,000 miles away. This month we celebrate the historic moon mission with a series of interactive events for the entire family.

July 16th Apollo 11 Celebration Kicks Off With New Sun, Earth, Universe Exhibit

from NASA’s celebrated Apollo 11 mission, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition

By Bill Walsh, for the Pink Palace

Sun, Earth, Universe, a new interactive museum exhibit about Earth and space, will be featured at the Pink Palace Museum’s July 16th celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission. “The new bilingual exhibit will be one of the big highlights of our Apollo 11 mission 50th celebration. It’s hard to believe it’s been 50 years since man first walked on the moon,” said Bill Walsh, Marketing Manager at the Pink Palace Family of Museums.

The new exhibit is tailor-made for family audiences. In addition to the new exhibit, the Museum’s July 16th celebration will include transforming the Pink Palace Discovery Theater into a “mission control” demo space, featuring real-time projection of the Apollo 11 mission and opportunities for guests to engineer their own stomp rocket, learn how craters are made, and take a walk through a scale model of the solar system. These activities will be available from 11 am to 2 pm and are free to anyone with exhibit, CTI Theater, or AutoZone Dome Planetarium admission.

Other activities taking place July 16th, will include Bill Weppner, Apollo 11 Mission Flight Controller, signing Apollo 11 movie posters and giving a presentation in the Pink Palace Mansion Theater from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition will be showing at the CTI Giant Screen Theater and Back to The Moon: For Good will be showing at the AutoZone Dome Planetarium.

“This will be a fun-filled day for kids and adults who want to relive one of the greatest events of space travel history,” said Walsh.  

In collaboration with NASA, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is excited to bring the Sun, Earth, Universe exhibit to the Pink Palace Museum. The exhibit is on display at select museums across the United States where it will engage millions of people. Developed for museum audiences, the exhibit features fun, hands-on, and engaging activities for families with children ages 6-12. <>

Bill Walsh is the Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the Pink Palace Family of Museums

Apollo 11 mission, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition 

The film Apollo 11 mission, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is
sponsored by Trustmark, ILS A Boeing Company and Wilson Air Center

It’s the real-life story of what it took to walk on the moon.

Timed to the 50th anniversary of NASA’s celebrated Apollo 11 mission, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is a thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the moon. With never-before-seen 70mm footage and a trove of newly discovered audio recordings, director Todd Douglas Miller reconstructs the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of this historic mission—one of humanity’s greatest achievements and the first to put men on the moon. Join Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the Mission Control team and millions of spectators around the world, during those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

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