The Eagle Landed 50 Years Ago
Celebrate the 50 year reunion of Armstrong’s famous words
Spacesuit worn by Astronaut Neil Armstrong
Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution
If you were alive at the time, you surely remember when the Apollo 11 lunar module set down on the moon and Astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke those famous words:
“The Eagle has landed.” If you’re too young for that, then you’ve seen movies, read books or heard stories about that momentous day: July 20, 1969. It’s been 50 years now, and that’s cause for a commemorative celebration, which is just what the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has planned.
The five-day celebration, July 16–20, will be centered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
In addition to educational programming for the occasion, the National Air and Space Museum will extend visiting hours into the evening during that period. One exhibit you’ll certainly want to see is Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit, which will be displayed for the first time in 13 years. airandspace.si.edu/apollo50
This article originally appeared in the May/June 2019 edition of AAA World.