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July 16th, 2019

Apollo 11 Anniversary

Apollo 11 Anniversary

Clark Planetarium Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of First Man on the Moon
“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Salt Lake City, Utah – Clark Planetarium invites the public to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing and the first time a human has set foot on a distant world with five days of activities, July 16th – 20th. The five days mark the time elapsed from the launch of the mission to arrival at the Moon.

“Clark Planetarium is excited to host these activities and celebrate the Apollo 11 anniversary with the community.” said Seth Jarvis, Director of Clark Planetarium. “The Apollo 11 mission inspired the world and 50 years later, we want honor this achievement but also ensure that we are inspiring the next generation of scientist and engineers.” 

Activities are as follows:

Tuesday, July 16th, 10 A.M.  – Global Rocket Launch and From Launch to Landing kickoff
Veteran’s Memorial Park, 1985 West 7800 South
Remarks by Clark Planetarium Director, Seth Jarvis, followed by Salt Lake County Deputy Mayor Erin Litvack reading the official Salt Lake County Proclamation “Apollo Expeditions to the Moon Week.” Deputy Mayor Litvack and Seth Jarvis will launch a Saturn V model rocket, which was the rocket that propelled the astronauts to the Moon. Public rocket launches and hands-on activities for families to follow.
Visuals include a Saturn V model rocket launch and children and families engaging rocketry-themed activities. Interview opportunities with Seth Jarvis and Salt Lake County officials.

Wednesday, July 17th and Thursday, July 18th 11 A.M. & 2:00 P.M. – NASA Workshop
Clark Planetarium, 110 South 400 West
NASA Engineer Jessica Vos discusses survival in space and capabilities necessary for human space exploration followed by science demonstrations. Limited slots available.

Wednesday, July 17th 7:30 P.M. – Movies on the Plaza, First Man
The Gateway Olympic Plaza, 400 West 100 South
First Man screening at the Olympic Plaza in the Gateway Mall. FREE and open to the public.

Friday, July 19th 6 P.M. – 9 P.M – Gallery Stroll: Moon Art
Clark Planetarium, 110 South 400 West
Moon-themed art and visualizations on Clark Planetarium’s Science on a Sphere (360-screen), and other space and science themed art projects. Also on exhibit will be the winners of the KUED Kid’s Writers and Illustrators 2019 Contest.

Saturday, July 20th 11 A.M. – 3 P.M. – Chasing the Moon Celebration
Clark Planetarium, 110 South 400 West

A full day of family-friendly activities celebrating the Apollo 11 Moon Landing anniversary with Clark Planetarium, KUED, Northrop Grumman, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Hex Printing, SLCity Library, and the Girl Scouts of Utah. The celebration starts with a free screening of PBS’s Ready Jet Go! One Small Step in the IMAX Theatre. Moon-themed arts and crafts stations, Moon gravity virtual reality experience, and more. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Visuals include kids and families engaging with hands-on activities.

Saturday, July 20th 7 P.M. – Summer Lecture Series with NASA Engineer Jessica Vos
Clark Planetarium, 110 South 400 West

Throughout her career at NASA Jessica has planned and executed multiple flight hardware projects as well as large-scale integrated human-in-the-loop tests, advancing through multiple positions encompassing the development of human space flight system technologies and human research studies. She currently serves as a Health & Medical Technical Authority representative for the Orion program and manages a suite of spaceflight hardware development and certification projects that will protect/ensure crew health and performance during Orion's manned missions. Hosted by Clark Planetarium, Hill Aerospace Museum, and KUED. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

For more information about these events, visit

Clark Planetarium representatives are available to speak with members of the press directly before and during these events. These events are in partnership with Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake County, NASA, Hill Aerospace Museum, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, KUED, US Space & Rocket Center, The County Library, SLCity Library and the Girl Scouts of Utah. Please contact Andrea Doubek for details.

About Apollo 11

On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin on the first journey to land humans on the Moon. An estimated 650 million people watched Armstrong's televised image and heard his voice describe the event as he took " small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" on July 20, 1969. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21 hours, 36 minutes on the moon's surface observing and collecting the first geologic samples from the Moon to be returned to Earth. Visit NASA for more information on the historic Apollo11 mission.