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Robert Pearlman
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National Air and Space Museum to mark Apollo 11 50th anniversary

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will commemorate the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 mission with a week-long "First Moon Landing Celebration" in July 2019.

Museum officials on Wednesday (Sept. 12) announced the celebration and plans for a series of events and exhibits to lead up to the anniversary beginning in October. The Smithsonian includes in its collection the spacecraft, spacesuits and much of the equipment that astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins used to achieve the first lunar landing on July 20, 1969.

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Great to see your picture in today's Wall Street Journal, Robert, but was that actually Armstrong's space suit you're standing next to in the picture, as captioned, or was that Aldrin's?

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I hadn't seen that. Thanks for the heads-up!

The two spacesuits on display to us on Wednesday were Aldrin's Apollo 11 A7L and Gene Cernan's Apollo 17 A7L-B. Both were recently taken off display ahead of the closure of the Apollo to the Moon gallery and will now be entering a conservation stage for the foreseeable future.

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I was in Russia a few years ago on a trip and I believe Collins space suit is on display in the Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow.

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There is a Collins spacesuit at the Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow but it is not his flown or backup suit. The earlier is at the Udvar-Hazy Center in the conservation vault and the latter is on loan in Canada.

It could be his training suit, but it isn't clear. It not on loan from the Smithsonian.

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On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy rallied the nation behind our lunar quest with his iconic "We Choose to Go to the Moon" speech at Rice University. This moment ushered in the space age as we now know it. As we look back at our past, and ahead to our next great leap, the National Air and Space Museum gathered aerospace ground breakers — scientists, historians, and astronauts from the Apollo-era to today's commercial crew — to commemorate this historic call to action.

Join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program.

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National Air and Space Museum Receives $2 Million for Apollo 50th Celebrations From Boeing

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has received a $2 million gift from Boeing to sponsor the national Apollo 50th anniversary celebration. Programming began this fall and will span through the anniversary of the first moon landing July 20, with celebrations at the museum and on the National Mall. Boeing's sponsorship will include support of the "Spirit of Apollo" event commemorating Apollo 8 at the National Cathedral, Dec. 11, the five-day celebration to commemorate Apollo 11, July 16-20, 2019, and a myriad of education and community engagement activities from now through the end of 2019.

"Boeing's support enables the museum to lead the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions," said Ellen Stofan, John and Adrienne Mars Director of the National Air and Space Museum. "Their gift allows us to commemorate the anniversary on the scale worthy of such a monumental achievement."

The museum will host "Spirit of Apollo" at Washington National Cathedral to celebrate Apollo 8 and the spiritual meaning of exploration and global unity in the mission's iconic Christmas Eve broadcast. Scheduled speakers include Jim Lovell, Apollo 8 astronaut; Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; Ellen Stofan, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the museum; and Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator. The event will also be streamed via NASA TV and on the Museum's website.

"Boeing and its heritage companies built several of the Apollo spacecraft that took the first humans to the moon, including the legendary Saturn V rocket," said Tim Keating, Boeing executive vice president of government operations. "We're excited to support the national celebration of that historic undertaking, especially as Boeing continues to play a leading role in the next generation of space exploration."

The July 2019 celebration to commemorate Apollo 11 and the first moon landing will include highlights such as Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit going back on display at the museum after 13 years and activities on the National Mall. Details for this event and other Apollo commemorative events happening in 2019 will be announced at a later date.

Information on all of the museum's programs and events can be found on the museum's Apollo website.

Boeing is the largest corporate donor to the National Air and Space Museum, making numerous gifts through the years in excess of $60 million. In 2014, Boeing's largest gift led to the renovation of the "Milestones of Flight" hall, as well as ongoing educational activities and exhibitions.

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Museum Announces Additional Apollo Programming Details

The National Air and Space Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a five-day celebration at the museum and on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. From July 16, exactly 50 years from the launch of Apollo 11, to July 20, the day Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on the moon, visitors can take part in celebrating this momentous milestone in history. A variety of educational and commemorative activities will take place throughout the week. Regular updates will be posted to the museum’s website.

The museum will present “Discover the Moon Day!” Friday, July 19, a program of educational and fun family activities where visitors will be able to interact one-on-one with museum scientists to learn about lunar exploration, research and missions. They will see high-resolution images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, view the moon in 3-D and more. They will also be able to start at the lunar module and “retrace” the astronauts’ steps, visiting stations along a route approximately equivalent to the distances the astronauts walked. The stations will be staffed by scientists and historians where visitors will see photos and maps of the area the astronauts traversed on the moon.

On the anniversary of the first steps on the moon, Saturday, July 20, the museum will host programming and educational activities. A celebration will culminate at the exact time (10:56 p.m. ET) the steps were taken that evening, and the public can visit the museum until 2 a.m.

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