Apollo 8 Anniversary Celebration

Dec 15, 2018 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo space program!

Apollo 8, the second manned spaceflight mission in the United States Apollo space program, was launched on December 21, 1968, and became the first manned spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit, reach the Earth's Moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth. The three-astronaut crew — Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders — became the first humans to travel beyond low Earth orbit; see Earth as a whole planet; enter the gravity well of another celestial body (Earth's moon); orbit another celestial body (Earth's moon); directly see the far side of the Moon with their own eyes; witness an Earthrise; escape the gravity of another celestial body (Earth's moon); and re-enter the gravitational well of Earth. The 1968 mission, the third flight of the Saturn V rocket and that rocket's first crewed launch, was also the first human spaceflight launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, located adjacent to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Wikipedia)

Schedule of events:

  • 11:00 AM: Coffee with the Curator
    Learn more about the Apollo artifacts we have and how we got them!

  • 1:00 PM: Special Tour with a Rocket Scientist!
    Learn more about the rockets of the Soviet and American space program! John Jennings, a rocket scientist who worked on the F-1 engine (which was part of the Saturn V rocket that got us to the Moon), will be leading the tour.
    Location: Meet in the entrance hall of the Space Museum
  • 2:00 PM: History Continued Talk
    Donn Anderson presentation about the history of Apollo 8
    History from someone who lived it

Cost: $18 admission to this event, with Golden Ticket. Download your Golden Ticket HERE

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo space program!

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