Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (McMinnville, Oregon) begins its year of Apollo celebrations with activities, special presentations, and the opening of its Earthrise Art Gallery. The kick-off celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission, the second manned spaceflight in the U.S. Apollo space program. Apollo 8 was launched on December 21, 1968, and became the first manned spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit, reach the Earth’s Moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth. December 15, 2018.
Columbia Memorial Space Center (Downey, California) opens Achieving the Impossible: The Life and Dreams of Shelby Jacobs, a new exhibition showcasing the achievements of Shelby Jacobs, the engineer who developed the camera systems that captured amazing images during the Apollo missions, like the famous “Blue Marble” image. The exhibit runs through the Spring 2019.
Beginning in March and running through the Fall, the Columbia Memorial Space Center will be running Apollo-themed programming at different branches of the Los Angeles Public Library, ranging from activities centered around real Apollo artifacts to 1-on-1 chats with former Apollo engineers.
USS Hornet- Sea, Air & Space Museum (Alameda, California)
In honor of the Apollo 10 mission, whose call signs included the names of Peanuts characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, which became Apollo 10’s semi-official mascots, the Charles Schulz Museum and Research Center and the Museum will host Apollo 10 and Pop Culture: Space Travel through the Ages a panel and guest speaker discussion. May 4, 2019.
At the Columbia Memorial Space Center in July:
See mission re-enactments both live and online, highlighting what happened in the Apollo Mission Support Room in Downey, CA, during the mission through live tweeting the moon landing and retrofitting their Mission Control room to appear as it did in 1969. July 16 – 24, 2019.
Join the Lunar Pub Crawl! Participants will visit local “watering holes” that remain from the Apollo Era where engineers working on the Apollo capsules frequented. Each stop will include a veteran of the Apollo Program who’ll share stories about their historic work. July 18, 2019.
The Space Center and the City of Downey (birthplace of the Apollo capsules) will be transported into the past, recreating the Downey of 1969 with activities happening all around the city. The entire community is encouraged to dress up in vintage 1969 clothing while participating in SPACETOWN, USA! July 20, 2019.
Join a 5K Moon Walk around the 88-acre site on July 21, 2019.
The Museum of Flight (Seattle, Washington)
Visit Destination Moon on the day the astronauts stepped foot on the moon back in 1969. July 20, 2019.
Join a panel of former aerospace professionals from the Apollo Era who designed/built the spacecraft that took us to the Moon! The conversation, From L.A. to the Moon: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Landing tells the story of humanity’s greatest technical achievement from those who made it happen. At the Columbia Memorial Space Center on September 22, 2019.