Purdue to celebrate 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing 

In one week, the “Cradle of Astronauts” and Neil Armstrong’s alma matter, kicks off its celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Purdue University is celebrating with a series of events taking place July 18-20 to commemorate when Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon July 20, 1969, and said the historic phrase, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” A video Armstrong’s historic moment is the theme for Purdue’s Giant Leaps Sesquicentennial Campaign. The 150th celebration of Purdue will conclude with an astronaut reunion at Homecoming on Oct. 12. Also, here is a video about Armstrong’s legacy.

In addition to previously announced events, here are some additions:

* Apollo 11 flight director Gene Kranz presents “Go or No-Go: The Untold Story of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.” The event will take place at 3 p.m. and the event is sold out. A livestream of the talk will be shared in two overflow rooms – Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry, Room 200 and Wilmeth Active Learning Center, Room 1055. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. No ticket is required and seating will be first come, first served.

* The Lunar Module Landing Celebration, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, will feature a multi-media tribute and a flyover by a F-100F.

* The “ARMSTRONG” director David Fairhead and producers Gareth Dodds and Keith Haviland will speak briefly about making the documentary for both the 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. showings on July 20.

* Representatives from the National Space Council Users Advisory Group will participate in a public panel, “Some of the Many Dimensions of Space: Exploration, Commercial and National Security,” at 7 p.m. on July 18 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. The event is free, but a ticket is required.

* Starting at 9:30 a.m., Copper Moon Coffee will provide coffee, pastries and sandwiches in Armstrong Hall, Amelia’s Café while supplies last.

* Purdue Apollo 11 themed merchandise is available July 18-20 at the Purdue Team Store located in the Purdue Memorial Union and Ross-Ade Stadium. The merchandise also will be available online at Purdueteamstore.com

50th anniversary tours on mobile applications. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, which Purdue is celebrating with campus events July 18-20, the University has produced an Apollo 11 virtual tour feature within the Purdue campus tour app. The app is free to download for iOS from Apple’s App Store, or for Android from the Google Play Store.

The Apollo 11 tour features three virtual walking tours, each encompassing different space-related campus landmarks. Tours include the 20-minute Armstrong Mission tour, the 20-minute Grissom Orbit tour and the 45-minute Voss Giant Leaps tour.

* Information tables will be located in Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse Foyer and Armstrong Hall’s Kurz Atrium. A kid activity can be picked up at the information table in Armstrong Hall.

Here is an updated list of previously announced activities:

On July 19, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is an open house for the special exhibition “Apollo in the Archives: Selection from the Neil A. Armstrong Papers.” The exhibition can be accessed through Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Library in Stewart Center. The exhibition includes key Apollo 11 mission documents and artifacts from Armstrong’s personal papers. Open house activities for kids of all ages will include exhibition scavenger hunts and viewing of Apollo 11 World Tour rare film clips. Popcorn and light refreshments will be provided. More information about the exhibition is available here.

Festivities continue July 20 with a variety of events including:

* 9 a.m. to noon, “Apollo in the Archives: Selection from the Neil A. Armstrong Papers” can be accessed through Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Library in Stewart Center.

* 10-11:45 a.m., Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse, showing of “ARMSTRONG” documentary. This new documentary film features home videos shot by Armstrong and unseen footage from NASA, and it also is narrated by Harrison Ford. The “ARMSTRONG” director David Fairhead and producers Gareth Dodds and Keith Haviland will speak briefly about making the documentary after the showing. No ticket required, seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

* Noon to 1 p.m. Lobby of Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center. Space author meet and greet. Featuring George Leopold, author of “Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom;” John Norberg, co-author of “Spacewalker;” Susan Gunderson, co-author of “Becoming a Spacewalker;” and Tim Harmon, “No Second Chance.” Books will be available on site for purchase. Cash or check preferred for book purchases.

* Noon to 4 p.m. North side of Memorial Mall. Food station. Round Barn Creamery will be providing a special Apollo 50 anniversary ice cream for purchase. The Daily Bite food truck also will be available until 3 p.m.

* Noon to 4 p.m. Kurz Atrium in Armstrong Hall and Engineering Fountain, K-12 STEM activities. Become a lunar scientist and journey to the moon. Look up close at lunar samples collected by Apollo astronauts, make your own impact craters on the surface of the moon, and explore the Apollo 11 command module in augmented reality. You can also test your knowledge of the Earth-moon system by creating scale models and learn about the history and future of lunar science and exploration. How did Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins get to the moon 50 years ago? Learn about the incredible technology that enabled humans to reach for the stars and children can build their own rockets. K-12 students can learn about the different roles that communication plays in exploration and discovery with three hands-on activities that will sharpen their own communication skills. Students will also get a chance to work with a science communication expert to record and star in their own STEM COM video. Make sure to visit the moon rock and Mars meteorite display inside Neil Armstrong Hall. Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences; the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and the Brian Lamb School of Communication.

* 1-2:30 p.m., Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse, “Past, Present, Future NASA Flight Director Panel.” This event is free, but a ticket is required. Featuring alumni panelists: Allison Bolinger (future), Marcos Flores (future), Gary Horlacher (present), and Wayne Hale (past). Moderated by past flight director Tomas Gonzalez-Torres.

* 3:30-4:30 p.m. Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering. Lunar Module Landing Celebration. The celebration will feature a multi-media tribute and a flyover by a F-100F.

* 5-6:30 p.m. Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse, “Industry’s Crucial Role in the Apollo 11 Mission.” This event is free, but a ticket is required. Panel featuring a few Purdue alums who worked behind the scenes to make the Apollo 11 mission possible including Ron Larsen (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), Tim Harmon (Boeing Company’s Rocketdyne Division), and Chesterfield (Chet) Janes (IBM Mechanical Systems Manager). Moderated by Steven Collicott, Purdue professor of aeronautics and astronautics.

* 7-8:45 p.m., Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse, second showing of “ARMSTRONG” documentary. The “ARMSTRONG” director David Fairhead and producers Gareth Dodds and Keith Haviland will speak briefly about making the documentary after the showing. No ticket required, seating is first-come, first-served.

The Northwestern Avenue and University Street parking garages are free and open to the public on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays. The Grant Street garage is paid parking at all times, and a campus map is available here.

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