Skip to main content

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary and the Apollo Legacy

Apollo 11 Moon landing hero
Apollo 11's Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, as he carried the Passive Seismic Experiments Package (in his left hand) and the Laser Ranging Retroreflector (in his right) to the deployment area.

During the Apollo program of the 1960s and '70s, NASA sent nine missions to the Moon. Six of them landed astronauts safely on the surface, the only times humans have visited another world. 

July 20, 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969  as part of NASA's Apollo 11 lunar mission. 

The NISE Network has compiled the following resources to help plan your event.


Special websites for Apollo's 50th Anniversary

Apollo 11 lander

NASA Moon and Apollo program online resources

Apollo 11 Moon landing

What Was the Apollo Program?

Moon buggy from Apollo 17

Hands-on activities and Games

Facilitator and Learner arrange blocks on a Lunar crater map

Gaming

Players hands moving blocks on board in Moon Adventure Game

Additional Activities 


Online Workshops for educators


Planning your anniversary event


NASA Apollo anniversary event map


Volunteer and staff orientation slides

  • Video - Apollo landing sites visualization video produced by NASA's Moon Trek team (included in the NISE Network 2019 Earth & Space toolkit). Closed Captions are now available, see the video's description on Vimeo for more information on how to access them.  
    https://vimeo.com/317054974
  • Night Sky Network amateur astronomer slides from Astronomical Society of the Pacific "To the Moon" presentation
    https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/download-view.cfm?Doc_ID=639

High res Apollo 50th logo

Logos, Images, and Artwork


Photos and images of the Moon


Printable take home handouts for the public


Posters


Presentation Slides

  • Presentation Powerpoint Slides: NISE Network overview slides to familiarize volunteers and staff about the Moon landing, Apollo missions, and ongoing lunar scientific research  (included in the NISE Network 2019 Earth & Space toolkit)  - these may be used for professional development and training as well as with public audiences
    http://www.nisenet.org/catalog/moon-nasa-going-back-and-looking-forward-presentation

Multimedia and interactive resources

  • Moon Trek: Explore all the details of the Moon, generate 3D printed models of the landscape, and download the highest resolution images available
  • NASA's Eyes on the Solar System: Explore our solar system including our Moon!  Using real trajectory data you can recreate famous moments in solar system exploration, or preview exciting adventures yet to come.
  • Explore landing sites and geography of the moon: https://moon.nasa.gov
  • Interactive Maps (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC))
    https://quickmap.lroc.asu.edu

Videos


Films


Exhibition - Posters


Planetarium Shows


NASA Visualizations of the Moon and Apollo program


Historical Image and Videos Collections of the Apollo program


Books for Story Times and Programs

  • Breakfast Moon picture book by Meg Grower and illustrated by David Barker (book was included in the Explore Science: Earth & Space 2019 toolkit)

Thanks to STARnet library project for compiling this list of Our Moon books to support educational programs, you can also see a list of  more STEM books


Library resources


Visitor stories - oral history project


Astromaterials 3D explorer screenshot

3D images of lunar and meteorite samples

3D printing resources


Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)

  • NASA Moon Trek Favorite Fly Alongs:
    NASA Moon Trek can be used with Google Cardboard of VR Goggles 
    • Virtual Reality Library: NASA Solar System Treks has developed a set of favorite fly-alongs including Apollo landing sites on the Moon and possible future landing sites on the Moon
    • Go to https://trek.nasa.gov and scroll down to "Virtual Reality Library" 
    • Instructions: Watch the video of how to use QR codes with Trek Virtual Reality and find links to the "Virtual Reality Library" of tours 
  • NASA Moon Trek Custom Virtual Reality tours can be created 
    NASA Moon Trek can be used with Google Cardboard of VR Goggles 
    • https://trek.nasa.gov/moon/
    • Instructions: Open the Tools panel to draw a path to float along with full 360 views.  You can also watch a video about using QR codes, watch the short video below to see how it works with Trek Virtual Reality: https://trek.nasa.gov
  • Augmented Reality (AR) printable posters or sheet and downloadable free app (set includes Moon landscape)
    https://www.lpi.usra.edu/AR/?fbclid=IwAR2gY6T-9m7pTCCIAL-khv1BPg_sru12W…

Snoopy - Peanuts - Charlie Brown connection

In May 1969, Apollo 10 astronauts traveled all the way to the Moon for one final checkout before the lunar landing attempt. Because the mission required the lunar module to skim the Moon's surface to within 50,000 feet and "snoop around" scouting the Apollo 11 landing site, the crew named the lunar module "Snoopy." The Apollo command module was labeled "Charlie Brown."  There are some new resources you may want to use for your events:


Student challenge - Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge

  • Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge (ANGLeS Challenge)
    Open to students in grades 5-12 across the United States and territories, the event challenges student teams to recreate the Apollo 11 moon landing using a drone and a LEGO Mindstorm robot.
    https://nwessp.org/apollo50/

 

Newsletter

Learn about upcoming opportunities, events, ways to grow professionally, and inspiring stories from network partners.