Apollo 50th Honored

This week we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, when humans (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin) first set foot on the moon (while Michael Collins stayed in orbit). Here are my Top 5 Moon-Inspired activities in and around Central Florida.

5: 2019 First Man On The Moon 1 Mile, 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2 presented by Moon Joggers — Orlando. Run “virtually” on the moon.

This virtual run (or walk) celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the first human landing on the moon! You choose which distance you want to complete.

Cost: The price is $20 which includes your medal, bib and shipping. Plus, at least 15% of every entry will be donated to the Challenger Center. *The organizer is in no way affiliated with this charity.

4: Seminole County: Saturday, July 20, enjoy a free screening of the CNN Apollo 11 documentary plus a talk/Q&A with Chief NASA engineer Warren Wiley at Seminole State’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium. Film starts at 7 p.m.

3: Volusia County: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary by The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS). Sat, July 20, 2019; 11 AM – 5 PM EDT; Cost: free. For more information and to register: For more information and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/MOASapollo11

2: Moon Fest at Orlando Science Center. All month long, OSC hopes to bring the Central Florida community together to commemorate 50 years, and inspire the next set of engineers, astronauts, mathematicians, coders, and inventors who will land on, explore and possibly live on Mars.

There are activities all during July including special films, programming, world record breaking and of course: Moon Fest!

1: Pretty much ANY of the exciting events on the Space Coast, but especially Kennedy Space Center (One Giant Leap Celebration | Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50 Years Later

On Jul 20, 2019, the KSC Visitor Complex will be honoring this unprecedented moment not only experienced by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, but the entire world. Visit their website for daily celebrations and activities.

Of course if you can’t venture out, don’t let the moment pass you by. Thousands of people made the trip from the Earth to the moon possible. Raise a glass of Tang in their honor. Make a meal that’s an homage to what they had on board (bacon cubes are a real thing!). Watch one of the many 50th Anniversary documentaries and specials. Take the time to commemorate the moment in time when humans hit “the first milestone on the road to the stars.”

Buzz Aldrin with Kelly Green at an Astronaut Hall of Fame dinner.