“One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 50 years since the first spaceflight to land humans on the moon! In honor of this astronomical anniversary, Orlando Science Center has planned out-of-this-world fun for the entire family, beginning with the premiere of the breathtaking documentary, "Apollo 11: First Steps Edition" on July 1.
On July 20, 1969, the national goal set by President John F. Kennedy to execute a crewed lunar landing was successfully completed. Thanks to a collaboration between CNN Films and the team of director Todd Douglas Miller, newly discovered footage of this monumental trip is being brought to the big screen here at the Science Center and all around the world.
Apollo 11 gives us an inside look at one of the greatest achievements in human history, with more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings and never before seen 65 mm footage. See the moon mission from the perspectives of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, as well as the spectators on the ground. This awe-inspiring film transports viewers back to the days and hours in 1969 when humankind opened the door into the future.
In a tribute to the entire team of writers, filmmakers, researchers, astronauts, NASA, and others director Miller said, “You remind us that great things can be accomplished when people unite for a common goal.”
If we can land a man on the moon, what else can we accomplish?
Want more space? Head to Orlando Science Center for the entire month of July for telescope viewings on the Terrace during Science After Sundown, World Rocket Launch Day on July 16, and of course – Moon Fest on July 20 and 21 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing with special programming.