2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the first humans to walk on the surface of the moon. The eight day mission began with liftoff on July 16, 1969 and ended with a splashdown landing in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969. On the afternoon of Sunday, July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin left the orbiting spacecraft and flew to the moon surface in the lunar module. Astronaut Michael Collins remained in the orbiting command module. As the world watched on a live video feed, Armstrong was the first to step onto the lunar surface, followed by Aldrin.
The anniversary is being marked with events around the United States, including a number of events in metro Atlanta and Georgia.
Events and observances
> Top Apollo 11 moon landing anniversary events in metro Atlanta compiled by the AJC
> Free events at Fernbank Science Center: Apollo 11 anniversary
> StarLab: Moon Landing 50th Anniversary
> Apollo 11 anniversary webcast at Fairburn Library
> Sugar Hill rocket launches and movie
> Henry County library programs
> Milton Library program:Apollo history
> Roswell Ga. computer museum to open during Apollo anniversary
> Arabia Mountain Full Moon Hike
> Around Georgia: 50th anniversary events compiled by the Georgia Space Grant Consortium
> Across the US: A roundup of local celebrations for the Apollo 11 anniversary
> How the AJC covered the moon landing in 1969
> The role played by University of Georgia to put astronauts on the moon
> In Houston, Mission Control has been restored to the way it looked in July 1969
> Photos of the Apollo astronauts in space and on the surface of the moon.