Anchorage celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing

Published: Jul. 20, 2019 at 9:00 PM AKDT
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Neil Armstrong first set foot on the surface of the moon 50 years ago on July 20th, 1969. Fifty years later, celebrations are happening all around the world commemorating this historic accomplishment.

The UAA Planetarium teamed up with the Anchorage Museum and other organizations to put on a celebration with free planetarium shows, short films dedicated to the Apollo mission, and plenty of hands on activities.

They also took the opportunity to celebrate some of the unsung heroes of the Apollo 11 mission -- ones that didn't get to land on the moon, but were a huge part of making the mission happen. Planetarium Manager, Omega Smith says Michael Collins is one of those unsung heroes. Collins was the command module pilot for the first mission.

"He's the one who controlled the command module which orbited above the surface so that the lunar module where Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were could go back, connect with that and then make their way back to Earth, so he was a big part of that, or else they would be stuck there," said Smith.

Smith said the celebration was not only to recognize the anniversary but also take what has been learned from the past missions, and apply it to what can be done in the future.

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