Weekend Celebration: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing

Update: Your park has announced that NASA astronaut Eric Boe will be the special guest speaker at the event on July 20th! Click here to read the park’s official press release.

We are excited to help the park and several local partners celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing! The Outer Banks has a special connection to this great achievement. Not only is OBX one of the birthplaces of powered flight, 50 years ago at Wright Brothers National Memorial hundreds gathered at your park to watch man’s first steps on the moon.  

This month you will have several chances to go back in time and explore how the Wright Brothers’ innovation led to this historic moment in the history of mankind, and how far we’ve come since then. Mark your calendars for these great events! All events are free and open to the public. 

Apollo 11 Movie Night 

Thursday, July 18 at 6:30pm 

Dowdy Park, Nags Head 

Hosted by: First Flight Foundation 

Bring your family out for an outdoor movie night to kick of the weekend festivities! 1960’s attire and space themed costumes are encouraged – Bring beach chairs, blankets, picnic basket and enjoy concessions for purchase from Manteo Lions Club, OBX Sunset Slushies and OBX Frozen Yogurt. 

Event Schedule: 

6:30pm – Astro Activities with the National Park Service & First Flight Foundation 

7:00pm – The Apollo Program with Chris Godart, Wright Brothers National Memorial Volunteer and Docent at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum 

8-8:30pm – Movie begins at nightfall: Apollo 11 

 

Homemade Rocket Launch 

Friday, July 19 at 7:00pm 

Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head 

Hosted by: Jockey’s Ridge State Park and Friends of Jockey’s Ridge 

Build your own rocket and watch it fly at sunset!  

Join Jockey’s Ridge State Park rangers and Friends of Jockey’s Ridge on Friday, July 19th to learn about the lunar landing and build and launch your own homemade rocket.  Learn about the science behind the rocket launch that led to the historic moon landing 50 years ago! 

Event Schedule: 

7:00pm – kids’ activities including a station to build your own homemade rocket.  

7:45pm – group rocket launch just before sunset at 7:45 followed by Sunset on the Ridge ranger program   

 

One Giant Leap: 50th Anniversary of Apollo Moon Landing

Saturday, July 20 at 5:00pm 

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills 

Hosted by: National Park Service, Outer Banks Forever and First Flight Foundation 

Experience your park after hours as we recreate that night 50 years ago when locals and visitors flocked to Wright Brothers National Memorial to witness history. You’ll enjoy special ranger talks, a rebroadcast of the original news coverage of the moon landing, and more. 1960s attire is encouraged!

Event Schedule: (updated!) 

2:00pm – Ask an Astronaut: NASA Astronaut and Space Shuttle veteran Eric Boe will give a short presentation on his experiences in space and lead a question and answer session with the audience.

5:00pm – Meet and Greet with Eric Boe

7:00pm – Featured Program: Hear from Park Superintendent David Hallac and Active NASA astronaut Eric Boe who will discuss spaceflight, the legacy of the Wright Brothers, and the newest NASA initiatives to return man to the moon and beyond.

8:10pm – Rebroadcast of Walter Cronkite Footage of the Moon Landing: Watch the news coverage of this historic event just after 8:00 p.m. and conclude around 8:45 p.m.

Click here to RSVP to help your park anticipate attendance and ensure a great experience for you.

Special thanks to our partners the First Flight Foundation and the First Flight Society, and event sponsor Ocean Atlantic Rentals! 

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