Summer 2019 Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing
On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft landed on the moon, and human beings took their first steps on the lunar surface. Visit the resources below to learn more about
The journey to the moon became a national priority following a 1961 speech by President John F. Kennedy before a joint session of congress.
“… I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”
—President Kennedy, May 25, 1961
Peanuts and NASA: In May of 1969, Apollo 10 launched. It orbited the moon, and the mission served as a dress rehearsal for the Apollo 11 moon landing. Apollo 10 used the names of Peanuts characters Snoopy and Charlie Brown as call signs for the command and lunar landing modules. Now NASA has teamed up with the Peanuts gang to help young people explore the history of space flight and the technology we will use to go to Mars. Download information and activities for Grades K-5.
NASA’s Apollo 50th Anniversary site includes information on all of the Apollo missions. Explore videos, audio, photos, feature stories, and mission overviews.
Apollo to the Moon is an online resource from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Learn about the early Gemini and Mercury programs, the Apollo program and later missions, and the scientific experiments the astronauts conducted while in space. Astronaut Life is a virtual exhibit of items that helped astronauts perform daily activities—like eating, drinking, and bathing—in space.
Apollo 11’s Journey to the Moon, Annotated: This video from VOX takes viewers from launch to splashdown in only 5:13 minutes.