50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969 as part of NASA's Apollo 11 lunar mission. Come discover what the University of Arizona and Tucson has to offer and why space really is Wildcat Country. 

More details coming soon. 

May 18 - July 7: UA Under the Moon

Exhibit of paintings at UA Museum of Art will feature moon related art to commemorate the 50thAnniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Contact: Willa Ahlschwede, Program Coordinator.
Audience: General Public
Location: UA Museum of Art

June 22: Night Wings Program

The monthly Night Wings program at PASM will focus on the moon and space with a presentation from Terry White about the Apollo missions. 

Audience: General
Location: Pima Air and S Space Museum

June 30th: PBS “Chasing The Moon” Screening

Flandrau and AZPM will be hosting a special screening of this new PBS series, along with a panel of lunar scientists to answer questions about research done by the University of Arizona on the Moon.

Cost: TBA
Audience: General public
Location: Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

July 13th: Moon Viewing Night

Free public telescopes on the UA Mall. More details coming.

Cost: TBA
Audience: General public
Location: UA Mall, in front of Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium 

July 13 - 20: Moon Week at Flandrau

Moon Week to celebrate the 50thAnniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, Flandrau’s week will start with the Observe the Moon Night event on Saturday, July 13 and continues with special exhibits, planetarium shows, and presentations leading up to July 20th.

Cost: TBA
Audience: General public and Families with kids
Location: Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

July 20th Events

Special Collections “Moon” Exhibit Opening:
The Special Collections exhibit, titled “Moon,” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, drawing from a new acquisition from Ewen Whitaker, Associate Research Scientist at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and expert on the surface and physical features of the moon. The Whitaker Collection features extensive maps, photographs, books, correspondence and other academic works related to lunar studies. The exhibit also features items on loan from the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, the Museum of Optics at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences and the Learning Games Initiative Research Archive. The exhibit officially opens on July 20, from 10am-2pm, to align with the Summer Science Saturday event. The exhibit will be open through December 20, 2019.

Cost: Free
Audience: General public
Location: Special Collections, UA Library 

Summer Science Saturday:
July 20, 1969, is the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and astronaut Neil Armstrong took the first human step on the lunar surface. LPL will celebrate this anniversary with their Summer Science Saturday event. The event will commemorate the Moon Landing and the UA’s involvement in the Space Race to land a man on the moon, and highlight other UA lunar research. LPL plans include presentations, exhibits (including an Apollo sample brought back by the astronauts), and book sales from 10am-4pm.
Cost: Free
Audience: Adults, families
Location: Lunar & Planetary Sciences
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Flandrau Apollo Programming:
Special activities for families from 1-4pm, special shows and presentations. More details coming soon!
Cost: 50% Off Admission
Audience: Families with kids.
Location: Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Loft Cinema
The Loft Cinema will screening a special Apollo 11 documentary and have a speaker. 
Cost: TBA
Audience: General
Location: The Loft Cinema 

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will host an 8pm event to commemorate the 50thAnniversary of the moon landing. Speaker: Don Davis from PSI. 
Cost: TBA
Audience: General
Location: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Fall 2019 Lunar & Astronomy Events

Wednesday, Oct 2: Lunar Poetry Event – The Moon is Still as Bright
Poetry about the moon spans ancient and contemporary cultures across the world. Poet and science writer Christopher Cokinos, an Associate Professor of English, and poet and Poetry Center staffer, Julie Swarstad Johnson, will present an evening of readings of lunar poetry hosted by Special Collections. You'll hear English verse folktales, indigenous creation myths, haiku and work by English and American poets, from Shelley to Sexton, from Hughes to Hayden. Johnson and Cokinos are also editing a forthcoming anthology called Beyond Earth's Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight and will offer a special preview of some of the poems included that responded to the Apollo era.
Cost: Free
Audience: General public

Saturday, Oct 5: International Observe the Moon Night
Details coming soon.

Friday, Nov 1: “Moon” Exhibit Mini-Tours
As part of Homecoming Weekend, Special Collections is offering a free curator-led introduction and overview of the “Moon” exhibit. Talk with the subject matter experts who curated the exhibit. Each mini-tour will run approximately 15 minutes, and the exhibit will be open for viewing following the tour. Space is limited, and an RSVP is required. RSVP link coming soon.
Cost: TBA
Audience: Alumni, general public    

Thursday, Nov 7: Gerard P. Kuiper and the Rise of Modern Planetary Science: Derek Sears Author Talk 

Astronomer Gerard P. Kuiper ignored the traditions of his field. Using telescopes and the laboratory, he made the solar system a familiar, intriguing place, creating a new discipline: planetary science. After founding the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona in 1960, Kuiper and his team helped to identify landing sites on the Moon for the Apollo program, among other important work in planetary science. Kuiper led the lab until his death in 1973. One of the buildings at LPL is named in his honor. Not just a biography of a single man, author Derek Searsshares the story our institution’s important role in exploration of the Moon and much more. 
Cost: TBA
Audience: UA campus, General public