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Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest achievements of mankind. Join us on July 20th, fifty years to the day of when American Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first walked on the Moon. Both the Library and Observatory will be filled with activities and experiences for the whole family to enjoy.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory

71100 Highway 111

Rancho Mirage, CA

Take an Observatory tour, explore the moon in virtual reality, view video clips and documentaries about the Apollo program, enjoy moon-themed children’s activities, and much more. Then, at 1:00 p.m., in the Library’s Community Room, enjoy special effects and archival footage with our state-of-the-art audio/video system to transport you back to 1969, experiencing the moon landing with touchdown at 1:17 p.m. exactly fifty years after the first manned trip to the lunar surface.

This FREE event is open to the public, no registration is necessary. Hotdogs, nachos, salad, shaved ice, and drinks will be available for purchase. Join your fellow community members to celebrate this amazing achievement together!

Be one of the first 750 patrons and receive a light up yo-yo!

Plans for the day include:

At the Observatory:

  • Open Observatory Tours, with Observatory Docents
  • Viewing through our solar telescope

In the Library:

  • Science Demonstrations
  • Take a photo, GIF or boomerang with your friends on the moon in the Library’s photo booth
  • 3D printed lunar landscape models and footprint
  • Historical Artifacts and original NASA Apollo-era photos
  • Video clips and documentaries
  • Augmented Reality Experiences in Library’s Special Collections Room
  • Virtual Reality Experiences in Library’s Conference Room

For the young and young at heart

  • Kids Moon-themed Crafts: Paint your own moon, create a space wreath, make a customized glow-in-the-dark bracelet, build a soda straw rocket, and assemble a 2D spacecraft
  • Special Story times
  • Face painting

For event inquiries, please contact the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory at

(760) 341-7323 or info@RanchoMirageLibrary.org.

For more information visit www.ranchomiragelibrary.org/observatory.html

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