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Highlighting NISE Network partner events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing

Kayla Berry, Museum of Science


NISE Network partners all across the country celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing all throughout July. Here are just a few samples of partner events that were shared online through social networking sites with the NISE Network. If you have a celebration you would like to share with the Network community, please contact [email protected].

Read more about partner Moon landing event celebrations.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk, Connecticut

Today, a visiting group enjoyed playing in our space-themed Sun, Earth, Universe exhibit, a collaboration between NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration and NISE Network. Sun, Earth, Universe will be the mission control for our celebration this weekend of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Join us for all of the “out-of-this-world” fun!

Imagine Children's Museum, Everett, Washington

Imagine Children's Museum took part in the Global Rocket Challenge where visitors built and launched three types of rockets, utilizing some of the Explore Science: Earth and space toolkit activities. 


Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota

This special event included hands-on activities, a visit with Astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei, activities from Solar System Ambassadors Christopher Mick and Nadia Abuisnaineh, space-themed Science Live show, the Apollo 11 First Steps edition large screen film, visitor interviews, telescopes, and a display of borrowed commemorative Apollo 11 moon rocks and commemorative Apollo 11 Minnesota state flag.

Twin Cities Public TV story about the Moon Rocks




Aurora Fossil Museum, Aurora, North Carolina

We also are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing by having science experiments provided by the NISE Network!

Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland, Ohio

We're not sure who was more excited. The staff members from NASA's GVIS Lab who got to meet a living legend, OR Louis who got to play with the latest VR technology! Louis Povinelli was an engineer for NASA's Glenn Research Center for 58 years and was instrumental developing the liquid hydrogen fuel systems. It's these very systems that were critical in the Apollo mission's success! We were honored to meet you this weekend, Louis!


Children’s Museum of St. Tammany, Mandeville, Louisiana

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us today to celebrate the Moon landing anniversary! Guests got the opportunity to explore the Moon, Mars, Europa, and the launch of the Apollo spacecraft through augmented reality. Visitors also explored Earth and Space with our NISE Network kits, Hide and Seek Moon and Pocket Solar Systems. We loved meeting our future astronauts who got to imagine walking on the moon and so much more.



Space Foundation, Colorado Springs, Colorado

The Space Foundation just celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11th on July 20th, 2019, and had nearly 1,200 visitors to our museum that day! We featured a few of your Moon and Apollo 11 resources at one of our booths! Specifically, “Breakfast Moon,” “NASA’s SSERVI Understanding Small Worlds in the Solar System A Tactile View” braille book, and “NASA’s SSERVI Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters” braille book.

Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts

Ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing!!! #apollo11#onesmallstep


Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, Texas

The Frontiers Of Flight Museum hosted the biggest annual space exposition in Texas. The festival is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused space-themed public event. This year, the celebration commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Charleston, South Carolina

On this date fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong took one giant leap for mankind! Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969. And, today, with a little help from the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Neil Armstrong visited the Children's Museum (using Augmented Reality)! Join us for special space programming today from The Explore Science: Earth and Space toolkit.







Sciencenter, Ithaca, New York

Sciencenter guests explored impact craters and celebrated women in STEM with Miss New York for America Emily Mahana, launched "Saturn V" stomp rockets toward a paper moon, and engineered catapults with Solar System Ambassador Jill Gravante. Our youngest explorers enjoyed Hide and Seek Moon and a moon-themed book nook, while older visitors reminisced about the televised spectacle of the moon landing 50 years ago and took an up-close and personal look at the landing site using NASA Moon Trek's VR technology.

Museum of Life and Science, Durham, North Carolina

This special Countdown to Launch event included hands-on activities, visitor interviews about the meaning of the Moon landing to them, and special exhibits.