A Giant Leap - Houston Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing

A Giant Leap - Houston Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing

Saturday, July 20th 6-10pm

“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”  The 50th anniversary of the epic Apollo 11 mission to the moon will be celebrated at Discovery Green in a free public event on Saturday, July 20, 2019.  

Experience a paratrooper landing by the Golden Knights, the United States Army's official aerial parachute demonstration team; exhibitions from the Johnson Space Center; Lone Star Flight Museum; commentary by Douglas Brinkley, author of American Moonshot (Harper Collins 2019) and Johnson Space Center Deputy Director Vanessa Wyche; a screening of Apollo 11 (2019, 93 min., G); Discovery Green’s artisan/collectible market, an appearance by NASA astronaut Steve Bowen  and much more!

Emcee Frank Billingsley from KPRC - Channel 2

Timeline of Events/Activities: 6-10pm (unless noted otherwise)

o   Flea by Night - Avenida de las Americas
- From 8 to 9:30 pm, performing on the Transier Bandstand, Loreta Kovacic, performs original compositions on the piano accompanied by Joe Parani on the Theremin. A Texan by choice, Loreta's music can be heard at places like the Heights Theater and Mucky Duck. By day, Joe trains astronauts at NASA.

o   Display, Lone Star Flight Museum – White Promenade
- Waddy’s Wagon Nose Art  (from a B-29 plane)
- A Wooden Prop from a plane
- B-17 Air Tank
- T-6 Aileron  / T-6 Model (3 ft long)
- Mechanics Hands on (kids can do simple mechanical projects)
- Touch Exhibit (parachute, navigation items that kids and adults can touch)
- Bomb Replica
- Paper airline
- Giveaways for kids and adults

o   NASA Destination Trailer – White Promenade

o   NASA Exhibits – White Promenade
- STEM engagement
- NASA Starport Gift Shop
- NASA Robotics
- Moon Rocks Exhibit

o   Microsoft STEM Exhibit – White Promenade

o   NASA Space Exploration Vehicle (SEV) – White Promenade

o   Discovery Domes. Dr. Pat Reiff, Rice University. – Hess Deck

o   Interactive elements:

-        JFK podium / photo op provided by Rice University – White Promenade

-        Large moon / photo op – Near Donor Wall by parking garage entrance

-        Cosmo NASA’s Inflatable Astronaut photo op – White Promenade

o   Exhibit in the Houston Public Library – Morgan Reading Room

o   Rocket Ride provided by Houston Party Rental

o   Spacy Casey appearance – roaming throughout park 7:30-10pm

o   Brazos Bookstore selling American Moonshot by author Douglas Brinkley (Harper Collins 2019) – Plaza near Anheuser-Busch Stage

o   Houston Astronomical Society – telescopes for stargazing and sky watch 8-10pm (Weather permitting – clear skies required) 

o   Golden Knights of the US Army paratrooper jump - Jones Lawn 7-7:30pm (Weather permitting – wind is the most critical factor for a safe landing)

o   1st Calvary Division Band leading to Anheuser-Busch Stage 7:30-7:45pm

o   Announcements on Anhesuer-Busch Stage 7:45-7:55pm

o   Douglas Brinkley and NASA Astronaut commentary - AB Stage 7:55-8:10pm

8:18pm Apollo 11 screening - Anheuser-Busch Stage

9:51pm Five minute countdown to the exact moment of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing 

9:56pm Anniversary time of moon landing


Partners include: NASA, Johnson Space Center, Lone Star Flight Museum, U.S. Army, Rice University, Houston Cinema Arts Society, Houston Astronomical Society, Houston First Corporation and more.  

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