Apollo 11 First Step Edition
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Apollo 11: First Steps Edition

Opens Monday, July 15, 2019

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Apollo 11 Celebration

Visit the California Science Center on Saturday, July 20, 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the historic landing on the moon!

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Timed to the 50th anniversary of NASA’s celebrated Apollo 11 mission, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is a thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the Moon. 

In this special giant-screen edition of Todd Douglas Miller’s critically acclaimed Apollo 11 documentary, created exclusively for science centers and museum theaters, the filmmakers reconstruct the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of this historic mission—one of humanity’s greatest achievements and the first to put men on the Moon.  With a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70mm footage and audio recordings, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition joins Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the Mission Control team and millions of spectators around the world, during those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

Fasten your seat belts and get ready to be lifted off to the moon in this adrenaline-filled, immersive experience on our 7-story IMAX screen!

What critics are saying

"Entirely awe-inspiring" The New York Times

"Completely riveting" The Los Angeles Times

"Not just good but magnificent" The Wall Street Journal

Did you know

  • The entire Apollo 11 mission took 8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds
  • Only 2 astronauts walked the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Michael Collins was piloting the Command Module that circled the Moon
  • Director Todd Douglas Miller and his crew spent 3 years looking through archival footage and sound to make Apollo 11: First Steps Edition
  • The newly discovered Apollo 11 footage was so pristine and the find so significant that the project evolved beyond filmmaking and into one of film curation and historic preservation

Related activities from JPL and NASA for Educators

Endeavour admission included with your IMAX ticket! Take your IMAX ticket to the Endeavour queue on the 2nd floor for admission.

Watch the official trailer for Apollo 11: First Steps Edition!

Apollo 12 NASA Execs
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NASA managers Walter Kapryan (leaning on console), Rocco Petrone (with binoculars, center), and Kurt Debus (with binoculars, right) watch from Kennedy’s Launch Control Center

Apollo 11 First Step Edition
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The crew of Apollo 11, (l to r) Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong, on their way to the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center

Apollo 11 First Step Edition
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The Saturn V at liftoff

The first human footprint on the moon.
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The first human footprint on the Moon

Apollo 02 Aldrin exits lunar module
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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin exits the lunar module

Apollo 11 First Step Edition
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Mission control at Kennedy Space Center

Apollo 11 First Step Edition
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Press on-site to cover the historic launch