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San Diego Air & Space Museum

San Diego Air & Space Museum honors the legacy of pilots and astronauts who dared to explore. From man’s first flight to the NASA space age, this history is charted with interactive exhibits. The displays capture historical elements that went beyond our atmosphere.
The Apollo 11 mission was launched from Launch Complex 39 at the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida, near Cape Canaveral on July 16, 1969, at 13:32 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). The Eagle landed on July 20, 1969 102 hours and 45 minutes after it had launched.

“In my own view, the important achievement of Apollo was a demonstration that humanity is not forever chained to this planet, and our visions go rather further than that, and our opportunities are unlimited.”

– Neil A. Armstrong

In celebration of the 50th anniversary moon landing of Apollo 11, the National Archives featured some of its historical records.

Apollo 11 Flight Plan, 1969. (National Archives Identifier 6734365)

Excerpt from the Apollo 11 Transcript of the Moon Landing, page 3 (National Archives Identifier 12008358) (National Archives Identifier 12008358)

“The San Diego Air & Space Museum will be the place to be on Saturday July 20, the 50th Anniversary to the day when Man first set foot on the Moon. Tickets are now available, so click here to purchase. The Museum is hosting a one-of-a-kind evening celebrating Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s historic Moon landing, with unique family friendly activities, the San Diego-premier of a special documentary from the Smithsonian Channel titled ‘The Day We Walked on the Moon,’ and tours of our newest world-class exhibit, ‘SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure,’ which includes the actual Apollo 9 Command Module that traveled to space just months prior to Apollo 11.

The event at the San Diego Air & Space Museum will be the only one of its kind in the Southwest region and is geared toward families and explorers of all ages. Whether you were one of the millions who watched the Apollo 11 Moon landing live on television, or are just learning about Man’s quest to walk on the lunar surface for the first time, July 20, 2019, is a can’t miss date to experience history at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

The Museum will be open during regular business hours on July 20 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After closing briefly, the Museum will re-open at 6:00 p.m. In addition to the SPACE gallery, the Museum’s newest exhibition ‘EUREKA: An Interactive History of Science,’ also will be open. The celebration will also feature family-friendly interactive activities, simulators, and the 3D/4D movie theater.

‘The Day We Walked on the Moon’ will air in the Pavilion of Flight at 8:30 p.m. and is free with paid general admission to the Museum. The celebration also will be free for Museum Members and Balboa Park Explorer Pass holders.”


If you’re in Washington D.C., you won’t want to miss the projection tribute on the Washington Monument.

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