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Join us in July, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic moon landing.


JULY 16 @ 8:45 PM – 10:00 PM
Meet at Beltline entrance to Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park, (830 Willoughby Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30312)
Parking (street and paid) available on N. Highland Ave. Access Beltline near Pure Taqueria and King of Pops Window. 

50 years ago man landed on the moon. Let’s take a walk on the night of the Full Moon (and 50 years from the day the Apollo mission launched toward the moon) and learn about our closest celestial neighbor.

This event is great for families and adults. It is free and requires no advance registration. Produced by Science for Georgia in partnership with Science ATL.

R. Scott Harris (Staff Planetary Geologist, Fernbank Science Center / DeKalb County School District) will lead the evening event.  Most recently, Scott has served as visiting lecturer of mineralogy at Georgia State University, visiting researcher in impact geology at Auburn University, and geologist for the Georgia Department of Transportation. In 2014, he seized the opportunity to become the staff planetary geologist at Fernbank Science Center and the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium where he strives to educate and inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers.

Moon Landing Anniversary with Kristy Dempsey and Little Shop of Stories

July 21, 2-3pm
Little Shop of Stories, 133 East Court Square #A, Decatur, GA 30303

You’d have to be living under a (moon) rock to have missed the news that this July marks FIFTY YEARS since the moon landing! We are celebrating on Sunday, July 21 with Kristy Dempsey, the author of PAPA PUT A MAN ON THE MOON, and our friends at Little Shop of Stories. There will be a book presentation and signing along with some moon-themed refreshments. Atlanta Science Festival will also be selling SOLAR SYSTEM BRACELET kits for $5, so you can make a super cool science craft, too! Learn more about Kristy Dempsey’s newest book below and mark your calendars to celebrate with us!

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of PAPA PUT A MAN ON THE MOON from Little Shop of Stories to earn a place in the signing line! And the solar system bracelet kits are available for $5, cash or card (while supplies last).

In time for the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, this father-daughter story celebrates a small community’s big contribution to one of America’s greatest accomplishments.

Marthanne and her father sit side by side, looking out over their mill village as the moon glows in the sky. Marthanne hopes that one day, man will walk on the moon, and she knows her father is helping America accomplish this mission: The fabric he weaves forms one layer in the astronauts’ spacesuits. Papa insists he’s only making a living, but Marthanne knows his work is part of history, and she’s proud. She tries to be patient, but she can’t stop imagining the moon mission: the astronauts tumbling through space, the fabric her papa made traveling all the way up into the sky. When the astronauts blast off and Neil Armstrong finally takes his first steps on the moon, Marthanne watches in wonder. She knows her papa put a man on the moon.

More great moon events this month

These events and more are listed on our Science Scene calendar, bringing you engaging public science events all year round.

July 11

Lunar Geology
Duluth Branch – Gwinnett County Library
2-3:30 pm
What is the moon made of? Is it made of cheese? Guest Thomas Faller from the Georgia Mineral Society will explain this and more.

July 12

Interstellar Travel with VR: Aboard Apollo 11
Collins Hill Branch – Gwinnett County Library
2-3 pm
Come tour with us aboard Apollo 11 using the Oculus Rift! Ages 13+

July 15

Storytime: Apollo and the Moon
Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center – Cobb County Public Library System
2-3 pm
Solar System Ambassador, Chris Thompson will join the Sewell Mill Library for an out of this world program. Mr. Thompson will share stories about the Apollo and moon landings and answer all of your space questions. No registration required. Daycares & Camps please call 770-509-4936 one week in advance. This program is intended for all ages and their adult caretakers.

It Came From Space: Lunar Geology Program
Five Forks Branch – Gwinnett County Library
Join us as the Georgia Mineral Society takes us to the moon and back with a special presentation on lunar geology and local minerals.

Moon Landing Celebration
Lawrenceville Branch – Gwinnett County Library
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing!

A Universe of NASAs 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11s Historic Moon Landing in Union City
South Fulton Branch – Atlanta Fulton Public Library System
Join us for a live webcast of the guided recreation of Apollo 11s journey to see how this mission was executed by crew members and mission control in Houston.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Landing on the Moon
Georgia Tech Library
Join us for a live webcast event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic moon landing. This live webcast is brought to you by the American Museum of Natural History and the STAR Library Network’s NASA@ My Library program.

Moon Bar
This July marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Join us as we transform the upstairs bar into an immersive alien planet featuring an intergalactic video installation art show, titled Lunar, with space-themed drink specials. This event will be part of a week of Art and Mixology celebrating the countdown to the anniversary of the moon landing. Events for Ages 21+

July 16

Sugar Hill GA’s Global Rocket Launch
Sugar Hill is excited to partner with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on a Global Rocket Launch to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Sugar Hill will host a community rocket launch event followed by a matinee showing of the new “Apollo 11” film in the Eagle at 3 p.m. The movie will be free to those who participate in the rocket launch and $2 for those who don’t.

Lunar Landing Challenge
Collins Hill Branch – Gwinnett County Library
Can you build the best lunar lander? Shoot for the moon, and you may win a prize!

Apollo 11 Escape Room
Buford-Sugar Hill Branch – Gwinnett County Library
4:30-5:30 pm
Ensure the moon landing happens by solving puzzles to launch the Apollo 11 mission at the Buford-Sugar Hill branch. For Teens Grades 6-12.

GPB to the Moon
This summer PBS and GPB will present a multiplatform celestial programming spectacle sure to excite any space enthusiast with new history and science programs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. GPB to the Moon is the online home to an astronomical collection of original content and related link to local events.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11
Mountainview Regional Library – Cobb County Public Library System
Join NASA Ambassador Chris Thompson and the Mountain View Regional Library as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. Mountain View patrons will join the history books by being able to touch space rocks just like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Lunar and space meteorites and other NASA memorabilia will be on display for patrons to look at and touch. Mr. Thompson will also discuss the history of the Apollo missions and the future of NASA and space exploration.

July 17

Lunar Landing Challenge
Mountain Park Branch – Gwinnett County Library
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by assuming the role of a NASA aerospace engineer! Build a shock-absorbing system to protect two marshmallow “astronauts” upon landing and compete against teens from other branches. The top 3 engineers will win a prize!

Legendary Lives: Who Was Neil Armstrong?
Collins Hill Branch – Gwinnett County Library
Take a look into the life of Neil Armstrong and participate in related activities. Ages 8-12.

Saturday July 20

Starry Night on Apollo Moon Landing Anniversary
East Roswell Public Library
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join us as we paint and celebrate space and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing! Limited to 20. Adults and teens welcome! Reservations required: email [email protected]

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary – Apollo 11: A celebration for kids!
Mercer University Douglas Regional Academic Center
10 am – 1pm
JJ’s Playhouse Children’s museum & gym will have activities for children of all ages to celebrate NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar mission.

Moon Landing Celebration
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
10 am – 1pm
Usher in the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon in a special celebration of NASA’s 1969 moon landing with interactive activities and special screenings of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition 2D.

Starlab: Moon Landing 50th Anniversary
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Join us for a special StarLab in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. We will learn about the first manned mission to the moon, the phases of the moon, and summer constellations in our planetarium. You will leave prepared to view the night sky during the cool summer nights. Ages 6+ (note that the planetarium is in complete darkness).

Apollo Landing 50th Anniversary
Fernbank Science Center
10 am – 5pm
Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with special programming, including historical retrospectives, former NASA employees and a free screening of the film “Apollo 11.” See website for full schedule. Free admission. Planetarium shows: $7; ages 3-18, $5; younger than 3, free.

Space Exploration Day
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
10am – 5pm
Join us for a fun celebration – then go home and look at the moon & stars and think about what we have learned about our planets and solar system!  Play Planet Jeopardy or listen to storytime with readings of Hidden Figures: the Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race or Roaring Rockets: Amazing Machines!  Have fun running around for our Planet Scavenger Hunt or visit one of our learning labs to build your own rocket and much more.

One Giant Leap
Collins Hill Branch – Gwinnett County Library
Family program, all ages welcome! Come learn about the moon, the Apollo 11 mission, and more about space! Use our Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, participate in science labs, and create fun crafts while learning about the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon!

Apollo 11 Anniversary
Hamilton Mill Branch – Gwinnett County Library
2-3 pm
It’s been 50 years since man first landed on the moon! Celebrate with us by learning about the Apollo 11 mission and the moon itself through fun games and activities! A program for ages 5 and up.

One Small Step Celebration
Snellville Branch – Gwinnett County Library
Come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of man landing on the moon. Space activities and NASA @ my library

July 23

Lunar Landing Challenge
Dacula Branch – Gwinnett County Library
Celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing by assuming the role of a NASA aerospace engineer! Use the engineering design process to create and build a shock absorbing system to protect two marshmallow “astronauts” upon landing. This program is intended for teens.

Lunar Landing Challenge
Duluth Branch – Gwinnett County Library
5:30-7:30 pm
Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lunar Landing by designing a Lander Shuttle for your Marshmallow “astronauts” to survive a long drop. Will your lander beat out the other library branches. This program is intended for teens.

July 30

Lego Mindstorms – Moon Rovers
Centerville Branch – Gwinnett County Library
2:30-4:30 pm
Can you design a robot to drive across the Moon’s surface unaided? Work with a team to program a self-navigating “Moon Rover” using LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits. Limited Space – Registration Recommended.

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