Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Highlights of the historic event will be presented by Jeff Phillips of the Eugene Astronomical Society

July 17, 2019 — On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle on the moon. Highlights of the historic event will be presented by Jeff Phillips of the Eugene Astronomical Society in the Bromley Room at the Siuslaw Public Library, 1460 Ninth St. in Florence, on Saturday, July 20, at 1 p.m.

This free presentation and celebration of the moon landing is part of the library’s “Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program and is open to the public.

NASA will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission by sponsoring numerous events this month.

The moon mission began on July 16, 1969, with the lift off of Apollo 11 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on board. Four days after the launch, on July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon.

During the presentation at the library, Phillips will share fascinating film clips of the historic moon landing together with background details and anecdotes.

Phillips has been a space enthusiast since the launching of Sputnik when he was a child. His father was an engineer who worked on the Jupiter C, the rocket that launched America’s first satellite, the Explorer 1, and America’s first astronaut Alan Shepard. When he was young, Phillips would sneak a transistor radio into school so he could listen to space launches.

He has been a member of the Eugene Astronomical Society for over 20 years and some of his photos have appeared on Sky and Telescope weekly update and the Celestron telescope catalog. 

The Eugene Astronomical Society is a group of amateur astronomers dedicated to observing the sky and learning about the Universe. The group is committed to sharing its understanding and appreciation of astronomy with students and the general public. The society has been doing astronomy education and public outreach for many years.

This celebration of the first moon landing is for everyone. What better way to celebrate the historic 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s mission to the moon than to attend this program presented by an avid astronomy and space enthusiast? To enhance the celebration and mark this monumental achievement of our country’s space program, the Friends of the Siuslaw Public Library will serve moon pies at the conclusion of the presentation.

For more information about the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 celebration, visit the Siuslaw Public Library, call 541-997-3132, visit the library’s Facebook page or visit www.siuslawlibrary.info.

For NASA sponsored and co-sponsored events of the first moon landing, including a live television broadcast on July 19, visit NASA’s web page at www.nasa.gov.