Apollo 50th Anniversary

The historic Apollo lunar landing on July 20, 1969 paved the way for future space exploration and opened the door to boundless curiosity and discovery. The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission symbolizes how anything is possible. We are all explorers who can do our part to expand knowledge and be a part of the NASA mission. Experience the legacy of the first lunar landing and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing among an array of significant Apollo artifacts under one roof.

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Space on Screen: Discover the Apollo 8 mission

Earthrise tells the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and memories from 1968 and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space.

This iconic image had a powerful impact on the astronauts and the world, offering a perspective that transcends boundaries. Told 50 years after the photo was taken, the documentary remembers this shift reflects on Earth as a shared home.

Apollo 8 crew members included Commander Frank Borman, Lunar Module pilot William A. Anders, command module pilot James A. Lovell. Hear the astronauts first-hand mission experience in this immersive film.

Join us 7 p.m. Dec. 21 for the first installment of our Space on Screen Series featuring the inspiring documentary, “Earthrise.” This free event has limited seating and requires a ticket which must be presented at the door for entry.

Space on Screen is a new special event series where documentaries and classic space films are played in the center in our five-story-tall Space Center Theater, one of the largest 4K theaters in Texas. Watch incredible space films among some of the space artifacts and stories they depict. Now the space and movie enthusiast can experience their favorite classics like never before!

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Apollo 17 Anniversary Infographic

Apollo 17 Anniversary Infographic
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Apollo 7 Anniversary Infographic

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Apollo 50th: Space Spinoffs Infographic

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Apollo 50th: Timeline Infographic

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