50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

08 Jul 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

On July 16th, 1969, NASA successfully launched the Apollo 11 mission. Four days later, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first Americans to land on the moon. Interested in learning more about space and the Apollo missions? Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 by checking out some of these space-related resources that are perfect for any young space explorer!


NASA Resources


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has a website celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. This website has videos and photos from all 12 of the Apollo missions. Here, you can learn the history of the Apollo missions, discover more about the astronauts and scientists that made these missions possible and read about special 50th-anniversary events and television programs.

NASA also has a website for kids. At the NASA Kids’ Club, you can learn about NASA and it’s missions, find online and print activities, and discover what it means to be an astronaut. 


Library Curriculum Kits


The library has two curriculum kits related to space exploration. Our “Solar System” kit has a selection of informational books and DVDs that make learning about the planets, moons, stars, space stations, and other wonders of our solar system fun.

For anyone with an interest in astronomy, we also have a “Telescope” curriculum kit. Explore the stars from the comfort of your own yard by placing a hold on this curriculum kit. Both of these kits can be checked out for 6 weeks at a time.


Moon Landing Augmented Reality App (JFK Moonshot)


The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library has released an augmented reality app (AR) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and the role President Kennedy played in getting the U.S. to the moon. The app, which is available for free for iPhones and Android, lets users relive the Apollo 11 mission in their living room, and visit a life-sized model of the Saturn V rocket on the library grounds in Boston. 


Summer Reading Program


The Library’s space-themed Summer Reading Program is going on now! Go to laportelibrary.org and sign up. Record your reading times, play games, earn digital badges, and have fun reading all summer long!