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50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

“That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”

It’s been 50 years since Neil Armstrong said this famous line after taking a step off Apollo 11 and becoming the first human to walk on the Moon.

Saturday, July 20, 2019, is the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing and the Fleet has an exciting day planned with a new exhibition, a new attraction, special activities and a super surprise to commemorate the occasion. In the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater, the Fleet will screen three favorite films about space exploration from our film archives. The science center opens at 10 a.m. The schedule of events is below. If space is your jam ... come to the Fleet Science Center on July 20!


July 20 is the official opening date of the Fleet's newest exhibition and attraction, which are both part of our new space-themed gallery. Developed by NASA, Sun, Earth, Universe is all about our planet, the solar system, the universe and the big questions scientists are trying to answer about each. Discover the tools NASA scientists use to explore invisible forces in our universe and build a model spacecraft for your own mission to space. Free with admission.

The Pulseworks VR Transporter takes virtual reality to a new level. While typical Virtual Reality technology simulates the visuals of the real world, the motion technology and surround-sound audio of this transporter will make it feel like you really are in another world. The Apollo 11 & Beyond experience has you climbing aboard a massive Saturn V rocket and blasting off to witness humankind’s first inspiring steps on the Moon. $7 Fleet members/$8 nonmembers.

Throughout the day, Fleet science educators will be conducting experiments in the science center, including launching baking soda and citric acid rockets and forming meteorite craters. It'll be a blast! Don't miss the fun. Free with admission.

In the Fleet’s Studio X, we’ll have the tools and supplies available to design stomp rockets. Test out different rocket designs and launch them into the air with a “stomp!” Free with admission.

AT 11 A.M.:

The Junior Science Club session on July 20 will focus on Lunar Exploration, with students in grades 1–4 learning about the solar system and space exploration. Junior Science Club is held 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. $13 members/$15 nonmembers.


Head outdoors for a fun game of "Moon or Moon Pie?" (it's tougher than you might think!), culminating in a high-flying surprise at 12:17 p.m. in honor of the Moon landing. While details can’t be revealed at this time, out-of-this-world fun is guaranteed! Free and open to the public, outdoors at the northwest corner of the Fleet Science Center.

AT 12:30 AND 2:30 P.M.:

Catch the coolest science show in town, live, on stage in the Fleet's theater lobby. Don't Try This at Home! will combine liquid nitrogen and Moon Pies for some smashing science fun! Free with admission.


At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. the Fleet will show Back To The Moon For Good. This educational digital movie chronicles teams from around the world competing for the largest incentivized prize in history, the Google Lunar XPRIZE.

At 3 p.m., the Fleet will screen A Beautiful Planet. Filmed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, A Beautiful Planet is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet. 

At 5 p.m., the Fleet will show Hubble, an inspiring and unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s legacy. The film enables moviegoers to journey through distant galaxies, explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings and witness the profound impact the Hubble Space Telescope has had on the way we view the universe and ourselves.

One film is included with science center admission.


See "The World's Cheapest Spacesuit" live show, presented by the Fleet Science Center, outdoors on the new Evenson Fountain Stage at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free and open to the public.

NASA has some amazing resources that are free to download, including posters, patch designs and 3D models! Free and available to all. Because #NASAisAWESOME. 

The Fleet is open to all ages until 7 p.m. on Saturdays this summer. At 7 p.m., adults 21+ can stay and play at the Fleet's amazing Adult Recess. Adult Recess is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.