CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - What do Moon Trees, Corvettes and Duran Duran have in common? They will all be part of the exciting roster of events, celebrations and activities planned at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to commemorate one of the most important human accomplishments in history: the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission.
To honor the historic 50th anniversary launch, Moon landing and successful return to Earth, guests will have the chance to re-live the events through exciting live programing, archival footage viewings, interactive exhibits, astronaut appearances, never-before-seen artifacts and much, much more!
Tickets are now on sale for general admission and these once-in-a-lifetime celebration events.
July 12, 2019 Moon Tree Garden Opening at Apollo/Saturn V Center
Almost 50 years ago, when Apollo 14 Astronaut Stuart Roosa carried seeds from loblolly pine, sycamore, sweet gum, redwood, and Douglas fir trees around the Moon as part of a joint U.S. Forest Service/NASA project, his dream was to have the seeds germinated on his return and planted throughout the United States. Now known as "Moon Trees" and in their second generation, they have been planted around the world. On July 12th, 12 of the trees will be unveiled at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as part of the Apollo 50 celebrations. The Moon Tree Garden at the Apollo/Saturn V Center will include the 12 trees, each of which represents a crewed Apollo mission to the Moon. The trees will form a crescent around a stunning bronze statue honoring the legendary crewmembers of Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The seven-foot-tall statue, set upon a four-foot-tall concrete base, is a gift to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex from Rocket Mortgage. The event is included with daily admission, and tickets can be purchased here
July 15, 2019 Apollo/Saturn V Center Transformation Celebration
10:30 – 11 a.m.
The wait is almost over…on July 15, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., guests are invited to get closer than ever before to the history, artifacts and innovations of NASA’s Apollo program. The Apollo/Saturn V Center has been transformed with new and expanded exhibits that offer the opportunity to reach a higher level of engagement with artifacts and information. Join the “Transformation Celebration” to be among the first visitors to get a closer look at Lunar Module 9 and Command and Service Module 119, gaze in awe at projection mapping on the side of the Saturn V Rocket, wander around a 1969 period living room and bar scene, imagining what it was like to watch the Moon landing, and much more. This event is included with daily admission. Tickets can be purchased here.
July 16, 2019 Apollo 11 Launch Flashback Event presented by CBS
7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
To many Americans, the iconic CBS News broadcast of the Apollo 11 launch from July 16, 1969 has become synonymous with the event itself. Anchored by Walter Cronkite, one of the most famous reporters in history, the broadcast is still used as a tool to educate current generations about the day that changed the future of space exploration and interplanetary travel forever. The highlight of the “Apollo 11 Launch Flashback Event Presented by CBS” will be the re-airing of that original CBS broadcast. Guests will re-live the excitement and anticipation of that day, with live commentary from Apollo Astronaut Charlie Duke who was the CAPCOM of the Apollo 11 mission and CBS news correspondent Mark Strassmann, while the broadcast is shown in real time. The crowd will then cheer along with Cronkite at 9:32 a.m. ET, the exact time of lift off 50 years ago. A catered breakfast, vintage cars from the 1960s including Neil Armstrong’s blue Corvette, and commemorative gifts are just a few of the highlights that will turn this day into a cherished memory.
Following the “launch,” guests will be able to explore the newly transformed Apollo/Saturn V Center. Event tickets, which can be purchased here, are $175 for adults, $150 for children and $157.50 for annul passholders. A limited number of tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
July 16, 2019 Duran Duran will Rock the Rocket Garden
The renowned British rock band Duran Duran will perform under the stars in the iconic Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on July 16, 2019. Having performed in the biggest and most famous venues worldwide, this will be the band’s first performance with the massive Saturn 1B rocket at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as the backdrop. For this special tribute performance, the band reached out to renowned artist duo Studio Drift, whose work they had admired at Art Basel in Miami just over a year ago. Their infamous art performance Franchise Freedom, consisting of hundreds of Intel® Shooting StarTM drones, envisions how technology and nature can intertwine. Concert goers will be awed by an out-of-this-world an opening set by DJ Evalicious. Tickets can be purchased for $300 each at KennedySpaceCenter.com. Profits from the concert will support the Aldrin Family Foundation’s STEAM education programs.
July 19, 2019 United States Postal Service Apollo 11 Forever Stamp
11 – 11:30 a.m.
Guests to the visitor complex on July 19 are invited to the Apollo/Saturn V Center to witness the first day of issue for the new USPS 1969: First Moon Landing Forever stamps on July 19 at 11 a.m. The event will take place under the massive Saturn V rocket, and attendees will receive a USPS program and a canceled stamp (limited quantities available.) There will also be an opportunity to purchase the stamps on-site pre- and post-event near the Right Stuff gift store. This event is included with daily admission. Tickets can be purchased here.
July 19, 2019 NASA Broadcast: Celebrating Apollo, Going Forward to the Moon
1 – 3 p.m.
Fifty years after the Apollo 11 mission, NASA’s two-hour program will celebrate the past and look to the future: its commitment to return to the Moon by 2024, learning how to live farther from Earth, and traveling beyond. On July 19, from 1 – 3 p.m., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests can take part in this historic NASA broadcast, live from the Apollo/Saturn V Center. This event is included with daily admission. Tickets can be purchased here.
July 20, 2019 One Giant Leap
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Apollo 11 mission made history on Saturday, July 20, 1969, as the world watched (and held its breath!) when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first human steps on the Moon. Celebrate the historic moment at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex with a viewing of the lunar landing on the Rocket Garden lawn. The archival video will be shown multiple times throughout the day, and guests will be able to listen to live commentary by a knowledgeable Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex space expert. Guests will also get to see Neil Armstrong’s blue Corvette and a signature red Corvette autographed by Armstrong and 45 other astronauts. These and other classic Corvettes will be on display in front of Heroes and Legends, next to the Rocket Garden. Other highlights will be a kids’ activity area, live DJ, commemorative gifts and more. For more information and to purchase daily admission tickets, click here.
July 20, 2019 One Giant Leap: Special Ticketed Event
3 – 5:30 p.m.
Space enthusiasts looking for an enhanced opportunity to view the historic lunar landing footage can take advantage of a special ticketed event. Inside, air-conditioned viewing of the footage will be highlighted by the unveiling of a different kind of Moon…the world’s largest Moon Pie! This package includes hors d’oeuvres, a free digital photo, a commemorative Moon pie and tin, special photo opportunities, a commemorative keepsake and much more. Event tickets, which are $50 for adults, $40 for children and $45 for annual pass holders, can be purchased online soon, by clicking here.
July 24, 2019 Splashdown/Welcome Home Celebration
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
On July 24, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will celebrate the safe homecoming of the Apollo 11 Astronauts with a festival-like atmosphere and activities for the whole family. The Rocket Garden will come to life with live splashdown footage, a mobile DJ, lots of kids programming and much more. The event is included with the price of admission, and guests will receive a commemorative pin while supplies last. To purchase tickets, click here.
About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun, inspiration and educational activities. This includes the Apollo/Saturn V Center, which features an actual Saturn V Moon rocket, and is currently being upgraded and expanded in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch and Moon landing. Also included with admission are Heroes & Legends, featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, presented by Boeing, the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour, Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Shuttle Launch Experience®, 3D space films, Astronaut Encounter, Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, Science on a Sphere®, and the Rocket Garden. Add-on experiences available for an additional fee include the new Astronaut Training Experience® Exploring with Lockheed Martin, Cosmic Quest, Dine With an Astronaut and special interest bus tours. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season. Admission is $57 + tax for adults and $47 + tax for children ages 3 – 11. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $82 + tax for adults and $67 + tax for children ages 3 – 11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
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