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Apollo 11 “The Day We Walked on the Moon” 50th Anniversary Celebration Set for July 20 at the San Diego Air & Space Museum

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is the only place in the Southwest Region where “The Day We Walked on the Moon”, a documentary produced by the Smithsonian Channel exclusively for Smithsonian affiliates, will be shown on July 20.

Special event takes place fifty years to the day of Apollo 11's historic Moon landing.

San Diego, Calif.“The Day We Walked on the Moon,” a documentary produced by the Smithsonian Channel exclusively for Smithsonian affiliates, will air at the San Diego Air & Space Museum on July 20, 2019, exactly fifty years to the day of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins’ historic mission to the Moon a half century ago, the Museum announced today.

The July 20 “The Day We Walked on the Moon,” event at the San Diego Air & Space Museum will be the only one of its kind in the Southwest Region on the exact 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon landing on July 20, 1969, the first time mankind set foot on the Moon.

“For hundreds of millions of people all over the world who watched this historic event on live television, the Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20, 1969, was the day the Earth stood still,” said Jim Kidrick, President & CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. “July 20 will be a truly epic day as we commemorate one of the most famous days in the history of the world exactly fifty years to the day when Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins traveled to the Moon. What better way and what better place to celebrate mankind’s most historic achievement than at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.”

On the day of the event, the Museum will be open during normal business hours from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After closing briefly, the Museum will re-open at 6:00 p.m. for the special family-friendly Apollo 11 celebration. “The Day We Walked on the Moon” will be shown in the Pavilion of Flight at 8:30 p.m.

Admission to the event is free for Museum Members and Balboa Park Explorer Pass holders. Also Fleet Members receive a 25% discount on admission. Museum members can fill out their membership numbers on this page http://sandiegoairandspace.org/calendar/apollo11_purchase on the Museum’s website. Members will be asked to show their membership card that evening. Discounts will be applied upon registration. Non-members and the general public are welcome with price of admission to the Museum.

In the “The Day We Walked on the Moon” documentary, astronauts (including Michael Collins), members of Mission Control (including Flight Director Gene Kranz, Capsule Communicator Charles Duke and Guidance Officer Steve Bales) and the children of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin reveal their personal stories behind the scenes of the iconic day. Pop culture notables like Queen guitarist and doctor of astrophysics Brian May and television personality and professor of physics Brian Cox describe where they were and what they felt during that “One Small Step.” It’s a story that ranges from the deeply personal to the grand and historic, and an in-depth look at one of the most important 24-hour periods in history.

Prior to the showing of “The Day We Walked on the Moon,” all of the Museum’s galleries will be open to visitors, including the new “SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure” and “EUREKA: An Interactive History of Science” special exhibitions. The Museum’s 3D/4D Theater and simulators will be open and free of charge, and there will be interactive educational activities for kids throughout the Museum.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is California’s official air and space museum and education center. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and was the first aero-themed Museum to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. The Museum and gift store are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with admissions until 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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