Moon Landing 50th Anniversary - Apollo 11

Apollo 11 [NASA Johnson Space Center]

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 marks 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


NASA Moon and Apollo program online resources


What Was the Apollo Program?


Hands-on 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

Downloadable anniversary logos 


[NASA GSFC Arizona State University]

Photos and images of the Moon


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


Planetarium Shows


NASA Visualizations of the Moon and Apollo program


Historical Image and Videos Collections of the Apollo program


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/


3D printing resources


Virtual Reality (VR) - Google Cardboard of VR Goggles

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 
  • Custom Virtual Reality tours can be created with NASA Moon Trek
    • 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

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