Ohio History Center Celebrates Lunar Landing

Melissa Kossler Dutton
This July 20, 1969, NASA photo shows Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface. Apollo 11 astronauts trained on Earth to take individual photographs in succession in order to create a series of frames that could be assembled into panoramic images. This frame from Buzz Aldrin’s panorama of the Apollo 11 landing site is the only good picture of mission commander Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface.

On July 20, families can take a few small steps over to the Ohio History Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The state historical center has an exciting lineup designed to appeal to history buffs and would-be astronauts.

After all, it was Wapokoneta native Neil Armstrong who was first to step foot on the moon, uttering those famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

The OHC’s 50th Anniversary Moon Landing Celebration includes a mix of educational sessions and hands-on activities for kids and adults. Tickets cost $16 for adults and $12 for children. The evening’s itinerary includes a conversation with Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, followed by footage of the Apollo 11 lunar landing and the documentary “The Day We Walked on the Moon.”

For more details and to buy tickets, go to the OHC’s website

Prefer to celebrate at home? Consider renting the “Apollo 11” documentary and serving some fun space-themed snacks

Want to see the moon landing on the big screen? The IMAX movie “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition,” is playing at COSI through Sept. 2. 

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