The countdown is on as America anticipates the golden anniversary of mankind’s greatest leap. And the country’s energy couldn’t be higher, as the U.S. inches closer to launching humans back into space for the first time in years.
For anyone looking to experience a half-century’s worth of excitement, pride and celebration in honor of NASA’s Apollo 11, the place to be is Florida’s Space Coast – where the lunar flight originated. Home to Kennedy Space Center and today’s most-revolutionary spaceflight technologies, Florida’s Space Coast will throw the biggest space-themed party ever this July, honoring one of America’s greatest technological feats.
“The celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 is going to be one of those emotional, once-in-a-lifetime experiences people won’t want to miss and will want to share with their families,” said Peter Cranis, the executive director of Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism. “What better place to celebrate one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments than the spot where it all started?”
Countless Baby Boomers, who in 1969 ranged from young adults to elementary school children, still have vivid memories of watching the historic moon landing unfold in real time on their television sets. Now, 50 years later, they have the opportunity to relive that defining experience, along with many from the generations preceding them.
“Our role as the teller of the stories, history and legacy of this historic mission and these American heroes is one we are so proud of,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “We are equally excited to be able to celebrate with the public and to offer visitors the chance to get as close as possible to the site of the launch that changed the face of space exploration and interplanetary travel forever.”
From July 12 through July 16 – the date on which Apollo 11, with its three-astronaut crew, lifted off from Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A in 1969 – visitors can get an in-depth look at the U.S. space program’s past, present and future on Florida’s Space Coast. The series of public “Celebrating Apollo” commemorative events will include an astronaut parade and an outdoor concert, a virtual golf tournament and a walking pub crawl, “Families of Apollo” and “Women in Space” discussion panels, and the much-anticipated opening of the newly transformed Apollo/Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
The latest details about the Celebrating Apollo events on Florida’s Space Coast in July are available at www.apollo50.us. Visitors to the website also can purchase any tickets required for certain Celebrating Apollo activities.