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Apollo 11 Celebration

Join us for a FREE all-day event this Saturday, July 20! The California Science Center will commemorate the Apollo 11 mission’s 50th anniversary of landing on the moon with an all-day celebration featuring hands-on activities and screenings of the film Apollo 11: First Steps Edition. (IMAX films require a paid ticket)

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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

    “Grand, sweeping and breathtakingly cinematic” Newsday

    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

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    Sensory Friendly Screenings

    The California Science Center is proud to offer a sensory friendly screening of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition for guests of all ages at 9:00AM on September 7. Learn more about our sensory friendly screenings here.

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

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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

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    Mission control at Kennedy Space Center

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    Press on-site to cover the historic launch