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Griffith Observatory Tribute to
Apollo's 50TH Anniversary


Apollo 11

Apollo 12

Apollo 13

Apollo 14

Apollo 15

Apollo 16

Apollo 17

Previous celebrations


Apollo 8

Apollo 9

Apollo 10

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July 13 - 24, 2019
All Space Considered Remembers Apollo 11
Golden Moon Celebration

The historic mission to put an astronaut on the Moon launched on July 16, 1969. Just four days later, July 20, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin made history as the first men to step foot on the moon. The mission also successfully collected the first lunar samples brought back to earth.

Events are free and open to the public. All Space Considered Remembers Apollo 10 will also be streamed live on Griffith Observatory TV: https://www.youtube.com/user/GriffithObservatory




Apollo 12
November 14 - 24, 1969

Apollo 12 walk

Apollo 12 was the second mission in the United States Apollo program to land astronauts on the Moon. Apollo 12 was the first to complete a precision landing when it touched down within walking distance of the unmanned Surveyor 3 spacecraft. As the sixth manned flight of Apollo, Apollo 12 measured and sampled various terrain at the landing site to obtain scientific data.




Apollo 13
April 11 - 17, 1970

Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the United States’ Apollo Space Program. The mission was intended to be the third to land on the Moon. Complications arose, however, when an oxygen tank exploded just two days after lift-off. After a dramatic series of technical improvisations and heroic efforts to save the astronauts, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17, 1970.




Apollo 14
January 31 - February 9, 1971

Apollo 14 became the third manned mission to land on the Moon. The mission was successfully landed in the lunar highlands (lighter surfaces of the moon), completed two moonwalks, and remained on the Moon for two days. Mercury Astronaut Alan Shepherd, the first American to fly in space, was the Commander of the mission. Commander Shepherd famously hit a golfball on the Moon. The Moon rock on display at Griffith Observatory was brought back to Earth on Apollo 14.




Apollo 15
July 26 - August 7, 1971

Apollo 15 was the ninth manned Apollo mission, and the fourth to land on the Moon. It was the first mission to stay three days, with three moonwalks, and the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle. While on the Moon, Commander Dave Scott dropped a hammer and feather simultaneously to recreate Galileo's famous experiment and show that all objects fall at the same rate in gravity. Command Module Pilot Al Worden made space history by being the first astronaut to conduct a spacewalk in deep space during Apollo 15's return to Earth from the Moon.




Apollo 16
April 16 - 27, 1972

Apollo 16 was the tenth manned mission, and the fifth mission to land on the Moon. It was the second mission to land in the lunar highlands and stay for three days. During the mission, Commander John Young and Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke drove the Lunar Roving Vehicle more than 16 miles on the lunar surface. Later in the mission, Charlie Duke left a photograph of his family on the Moon.




Apollo 17
December 7 - 19, 1972

Apollo 17 was the final manned mission of the United States’ Space program to land astronauts on the Moon. It was the first manned mission to launch at night. Apollo 17 investigated areas in the lunar highland. The crew spent three days taking measurements, completing moonwalks, and taking lunar samples. The mission holds the record for the longest moon landing, the most moonwalks, and the longest time in lunar orbit. Since the return of Apollo 17 in December, 1972, no person has traveled beyond Earth orbit.




Previous Golden Anniversary Celebrations of Apollo


Apollo 8
December 21 - 27, 1968

All Space Considered Remembers Apollo 8
December 21, 2018

Chapter 1: The Lead-Up to Apollo 8

All Space Considered remembers Apollo 8 in three chapters to honor the mission's 50th Anniversary. In Chapter 1 we look at some of the historical context leading up to the flight of Apollo 8.

Chapter 2: The Flight of Apollo 8

All Space Considered remembers Apollo 8 in three chapters to honor the mission's 50th Anniversary. In Chapter 2 we describe the dramatic journey of Apollo 8, the extraordinary pressure for its success, and the story behind the iconic "Earthrise" photograph.

Chapter 3: Hoax or No Hoax?

All Space Considered remembers Apollo 8 in three chapters to honor the mission's 50th Anniversary. In Chapter 3 we break down how we know the Apollo 8 mission happened.




Apollo 9
March 3 - March 13, 1969

All Space Considered Remembers Apollo 9
March 3, 2019

Remembering Apollo 9 - March 3 2019

All Space Considered looks back at the Apollo 9 mission, an important mission that enabled NASA to land astronauts on the Moon in July, 1969. The mission was the first to test the lunar lander, or Lunar Module, on orbit. March 3 is the fiftieth anniversary of the mission’s launch.




Apollo 10
May 18 - May 26, 1969

All Space Considered Remembers Apollo 10
March 18, 2019

Remembering Apollo 10 - May 18 2019

Griffith Observatory staff held a day-long celebration of the Moon with a star party and a special presentation of All Space Considered Remembers Apollo 10 which looked back at this historic mission to the Moon.

The Apollo 10 mission, launched on May 18, 1969, took astronauts Tom Stafford, John Young, and Gene Cernan to within nine miles of the lunar surface. The astronauts did not land, but they tested critical systems that made the historic Moon landing of Apollo 11 possible two months later.