For a giant leap of mankind 40 years ago


Buzz Aldrin poses on the Moon allowing Neil Armstrong to photograph both of them using the visor’s reflection

Buzz Aldrin bootprint

July 20 will be the 40th anniversary of American landing on the Moon. To celebrate this historic event, there will be several activities in the San Francisco bay area and around the United States.

The most significant sequence of events will occur on July 19 at Moffett Field, CA, the base of NASA Ames Research Center.

  • From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., model rocket funs will come here to launch their rockets. They expect that 40 Saturn V models will be launched. It will be organized by LUNAR. They usually have this monthly event every third Saturday, but this time, they moved the date to the next Sunday, July 19. Admission is free if you don’t have a rocket to launch.
  • From 12 noon to 6 p.m., NASA Ames will host a MOONFEST which features both Apollo program 40 years and LCROSS of this year. Exhibitions, games, robotic Demonstrations will be available for free.
  • Telescopes

On July 24-26, 2009, USS Hornet Museum in Alameda will host a Splashdown 2009: 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11. One of the Apollo 11 astronauts, Buzz Aldrin, will be the featured guest and will be present to sign his new book, Magnificent Desolation. The aircraft carrier USS HORNET was the ship that recovered Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 capsules. Tickets can be purchased before July 17th for $20 or $25 afterwards.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On July 18, Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland will host the 40th Anniversary Celebration of our Moon Landing Missions. Activities free with general admission except for Challenger Learning Center missions.

This blog entry is for those living in San Francisco bay area only. If you live in other places, please check out this page. Also, see a related post “Apollo – the anniversary approaches…“.

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4 Responses to “For a giant leap of mankind 40 years ago”

  1. Cliff Burns Says:

    Not many Apollo-related events going on up my way but I’ll be marking the anniversary privately by trying to get my sons to help me build a Level 2 plastic model kit of the LEM. Produced by Heller, it has a surfeit of tiny parts and will likely drive me to distraction if I try to assemble it by myself. The lunar landing was one of the seminal moments of my life and this anniversary has a special poignancy to it. Or maybe I’m just becoming a sentimental old sod…

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  4. Erwin Valvano Says:

    Thanks for sharing

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