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.
In celebration of this year’s 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon and in honor of NASA and Western Artist, Paul Calle, the landmark exhibition Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon will be on display at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West (Scottsdale, Arizona) Feb. 19 through Oct. 20, 2019. This retrospective exhibition traces the career of artist Paul Calle (1928-2010), who was best known for painting and drawing the historic American West featuring mountain men, fur traders and Native Americans, as well as NASA artwork and postage stamp designs including the iconic 1969 First Man on the Moon artwork and stamp. This exhibition is made possible through the collaboration of SMoW Trustee Tim Peterson, The Peterson Family Collection, Chris Calle & The Paul Calle Estate. Presenting Sponsor: Elaine & Tim Peterson.
Apollo 9 crew members – Commander James McDivitt, Command Module Pilot David Scott, and Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart, as well as Flight Directors Gerry Griffin and Gene Kranz and other Apollo luminaries – are scheduled to attend the Apollo 9 50th Anniversary Celebration at the San Diego Air & Space Museum (California). The evening cocktail event begins with a reception followed by dinner. The celebration offers an opportunity to see all three crew members with the actual command module, “Gumdrop,” which is on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. This is a ticketed event; March 13.
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.
North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh, North Carolina) presents Standing on the Shoulders of Apollo: The US Space Program–Past, Present, Future, on April 4. The program features Gerry Griffin, American aeronautical engineer and former NASA official, who served as flight director during the Apollo program.
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 U.S. Space and Rocket Center (Huntsville, Alabama) in July:
The Center will commemorate Apollo 11’s journey to the moon and look to the future with America’s Next Great Ship, NASA’s Space Launch System. Rockets on Parade is a way to note Huntsville’s contributions to the space program. Model SLS rockets will be displayed around the city. July 1, 2019.
The week of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission begins with a Celebration Car Show with vehicles from the Apollo era on display. A full-scale, Polaris-powered Apollo Lunar Rover replica will also be featured at this event on the Rocket Center grounds July 13, 2019.
Launch your own rocket during the Global Rocket Launch Challenge at the Space Center! All types of rockets are welcome, and no launch is too small so start spreading the word and get ready to celebrate! July 16, 2019.
Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing at the North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh, North Carolina)! The One Giant Leap Festival will feature hands-on crafts, demonstrations, and activities—including a virtual-reality lab where you can “travel” to space and “be” the first person on the Moon. More and more out-of-this-world fun will be announced as the festival nears, July 20!
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.