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Revisiting Apollo 11 at Kennedy Space Center

Picture this: Neil Armstrong. 1969. The Moon.

The first human’s step onto the surface was a sound we didn’t hear. But the words spoken in the moment were heard around the world. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Fifty years ago, humankind set foot on the Moon for the very first time. A nation celebrated, and the world looked on in wonder. And while we curate our travel bucket lists with names like kite cruise hurghada on them, it is also important to acknowledge this historical moment every year.

Apollo 11 was launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center near Merritt Island and Titusville, Florida on July 16, 1969. United States Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. were on board, while almost one million visitors watched from the surrounding Central Florida area. Just four days later, while Collins flew solo, Armstrong, followed by Aldrin, became the first humans to set foot on the moon.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center, on Central Florida’s east coast, brings all of this, and more, to life!

Rocket Garden at Sunset. Image credit: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Included in admission to the Complex is a trip on the famous Kennedy Space Center bus tour. In addition to a tour of the complex, the bus makes a stop at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Inside is an actual Saturn V rocket, like the one used for the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. All three stages of this rocket are visible to visitors, and the entire rocket stretches 363 feet across the Center. That’s taller than the Statue of Liberty! This is one of only three Saturn V rockets that still remain in the United States.

Saturn V Rocket and Engine. Image credit: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, the Apollo/Saturn V Center at the Complex has added new exhibits that honor and celebrate that historic moment:

● “The Ultimate Road Trip” is an exhibit that explores what life was like inside the command module. Visitors can look inside the real thing and imagine what it was like to work and sleep on the way to, and from, the Moon.

● “Moonscape” recreates the lunar surface of the moon, showing Armstrong and Aldrin planting the United States flag in that iconic July 1969 moment seen across the world.

● The Lunar Theater shows the landing of Apollo 11, but includes a new entrance that is a reproduction of a 1960s-era living room and bar, perfect to set the scene.

● Moon Tree Garden is home to twelve trees, planted to represent the twelve manned Apollo missions.

Entrance Complex. Image credit: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Top 5 Tips:

1 – A brand new entrance complex opened in 2018. If you visited prior to that, be aware that the previous entrance is now for crew members and deliveries only. The new entrance is on Space Commerce Way. Check their website for specific directions.

2. The Official Guide to Kennedy Space Center is available as a free app. Download this app to browse things to do, create a list of favorites, view the official Complex map, and also see current hours of operation and weather. Free wi-fi is available throughout the Center.

3 – The United States Astronaut Hall of Hame used to be located several miles west of the complex, but has now been moved to the Center’s Heroes & Legends building, so it is no longer necessary to visit two different properties to see the exhibits.

4 – The Complex is home to a giant screen, IMAX® theater which plays different space-themed, large format films each day. Some of the films are in 3D and all of them are included with your admission.

5 – The Center offers additional add-on tours exploring different areas and ideas around space travel. One of them, the Cape Canaveral Early Space Tour, takes visitors on a bus tour to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, including stops at the historic sites from the Mercury and Gemini missions of the 1950s and 60s. These specialty tours are offered at an additional cost.

Kennedy Space Center is located on Central Florida’s Space Coast, near Titusville, and is open every day of the year. You can find out more by visiting their website: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Craig is a Florida native, who has spent over 20 years as a leader and facilitator in the Central Florida travel and hospitality industry. His specialty is storytelling, using it as a tool for service, motivation, and inspiration. He is on a quest to visit all 50 states by road trip, visiting National Parks, lighthouses, and roadside attractions along the way. You can connect with him at @storiesbycraig on both Facebook and Twitter.

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.