For All Mankind
: In Ronald D. Moore's new Apple TV+ series "For All Mankind," the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing was on June 26, 1969, and it wasn't achieved by the United States. The space race goes on, and in doing so Moore envisions the moon bases and missions he dreamt of as a kid while watching Apollo 11 land on the moon. Moore revealed the first details about the show in an interview with collectSPACE and other publications.
: Fifty years after his first stint as a NASA-inspired astronaut in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Snoopy is coming back this November with a new spacesuited giant balloon. The famous comic strip beagle will float down the streets of New York City in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing as he serves a new NASA mission to further STEM education. Astronaut Snoopy is also adorning new products and collectibles.
Walking on the Moon
: Velcro fasteners add a hook to Apollo 11 history in a new tribute to the first moon landing underwritten by Velcro Companies. Walking Off the Earth's cover of "Walking on the Moon" uses Velcro products to add a unique sound to the track, while the fasteners also enable a spacewalk of sorts in the music video. The Apollo astronauts used Velcro Brand hook and loop strips to keep their checklists in order and their equipment secure.
50 years, 50 states
: The countdown is on to Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebrations in all 50 of the United States and countries around the world. More than 250 events are planned to hail the first moon landing, from galas and festivals to screenings and concerts. New York City's Times Square will turn into Tranquility Base while the Washington Monument will be transformed into a Saturn V rocket.
Apollo 11 coins in space
: Two coins struck by the U.S. Mint to commemorate the Apollo 11 moon landing recently completed a trip to the International Space Station. The two half dollar curved coins were in orbit for a month, during which NASA astronaut Christina Koch displayed one in a video for the Mint. Now back on Earth, the coins will be placed on public exhibit by the Mint and Smithsonian.
: A full-size replica of an Apollo spacecraft hatch will be pieced together live on stage at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum during a special Apollo 50th anniversary presentation by Mythbuster and maker Adam Savage. The "Project Egress" hatch build will feature the work of 44 artists based on 3D scans of the real hardware from the Apollo 11 command module.
...to the Moon, remastered
: HBO will mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing by relaunching "From the Earth to the Moon" on television and Blu-ray. The cable network has digitally remastered the 1998 miniseries, replacing its standard definition graphics with new high-def visual effects. Co-produced by Tom Hanks, "From the Earth to the Moon" will be available on demand and air in July.
Zero Gravity Blizzard
: Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing and humans walking on the moon, DQ's new Zero Gravity Blizzard Treat blends up cosmic colors with soft serve ice cream. Available at Dairy Queen locations for a limited time, the space-inspired dessert is served upside down, living up to its name.
: Oleg Kononenko, David Saint-Jacques and Anne McClain landed on Earth after a 204-day stay aboard the International Space Station on Monday (June 24). The trio returned home on board Russia's Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft to a touchdown on the steppe of Kazakhstan. Kononenko, Saint-Jacques and McClain performed science experiments, conducted spacewalks, and oversaw logistics (including the arrival of the first SpaceX Crew Dragon on its uncrewed demo flight) as Expedition 58/59 crew members.
'Apollo 11' on air, in space
: CNN will air the broadcast premiere of "Apollo 11" on Sunday (June 23), bringing to television the recently-discovered large format film footage from the first moon landing mission. The documentary is also playing in science centers and museums worldwide with the giant screen "First Steps" edition and has entered orbit with its uplink to the International Space Station.
: With just one month to go until the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Oreo's limited edition cookies celebrating the 1969 mission have landed in stores. Embossed with space-theme images and filled with purple creme, the Marshmallow Moon Oreos come in glow-in-the-dark packs with moon landing stickers.
Restored to display
: Almost a year after the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex took its Saturn IB rocket off exhibit to be restored, the booster is back on display. Now ready for the decades to come, the rocket is the last of its type to retain its flight configuration. Before being retired this Saturn IB stood ready to support a Skylab rescue flight and was the backup to the Apollo-Soyuz launch vehicle.
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