One Giant Leap – Celebrating the Apollo Moon Landing




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Join us on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing and celebrate the date in history that marked man’s first steps on the moon.

On 21st of July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the surface of the moon for the first time. Join us and explore the entire history of manned flight from the Wright Flyer to modern jet flight and learn more about the Apollo space project, the history of space travel and how space technology is working right here in Yorkshire.

Martin Lunn MBE FRAS – Meet The Astrognome – Martin will be presenting talks about space and stars, women in space and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and appears regularly on radio and in the press as well as playing a role in the education of young people about space and astronomy. He will be with us throughout the day.

The Space Team on Our Doorstep – Many people here in Yorkshire are aware of RAF Fylingdales, located in Heartbeat TV country on the one moorland of North Yorkshire. If you have ever wondered exactly what that secretive base does each day, 365 days of the year, then be with us on this day. A team from the secret RAF Fylingdales will be right here at the Museum talking about the amazing work they do, from monitoring missile launches to tracking space debris. The team’s motto? ‘Vigilamus – We Are Watching….’

Cinema projection of NASA footage in our Astra cinema – The Museum’s Astra Cinema will be screening some famous footages from around the world, all first seen on that amazing day in 1969 as man stepped onto the moon for the first time.

Build your own Space Rocket – These days, we take space rocket launches for granted. Satellites are launched regularly and Space X supplies the International Space Station. So how do rockets work? Find out by building your own space rocket and seeing if it will actually work.

Radio Transmission workshops from our radio room – Our original radio room has an amazing range of radio equipment from across the history of wireless communications. On this day, we are listening for the International Space Station as it passes overhead. Who knows? We may even be able to connect with them!

Explore 100 years of aviation – Here at the Museum our exhibits encompass more than a century of the development of the aviation technology that finally led to space flight. Explore the Museum’s collection and learn more about the amazing developemnts of this past 100 years.

Image credit – NASA

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