Moon Landing 50th Anniversary - Apollo 11

Credit: NASA Johnson Space Center

During the Apollo program of the 1960s and '70s, NASA sent nine missions to the Moon. Six of them landed astronauts safely on the surface, the only times humans have visited another world. 

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969  as part of NASA's Apollo 11 lunar mission. 

Special websites for Apollo's 50th Anniversary

NASA Moon and Apollo program online resources

What Was the Apollo Program?

Hands-on activities

Online Workshops for educators

Planning your anniversary event

Volunteer and staff orientation slides

  • Video - Apollo landing sites visualization video produced by NASA's Moon Trek team (included in the NISE Network 2019 Earth & Space toolkit)

Downloadable anniversary logos 

Photos and images of the Moon


Presentation Slides

Multimedia and interactive resources

  • Moon Trek: Explore all the details of the Moon, generate 3D printed models of the landscape, and download the highest resolution images available
  • NASA's Eyes on the Solar System: Explore our solar system including our Moon!  Using real trajectory data you can recreate famous moments in solar system exploration, or preview exciting adventures yet to come.
  • Explore landing sites and geography of the moon:
  • Interactive Maps (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC))



NASA Visualizations of the Moon and Apollo program

Historical Image and Videos Collections of the Apollo program

Snoopy - Peanuts - Charlie Brown connection

In May 1969, Apollo 10 astronauts traveled all the way to the Moon for one final checkout before the lunar landing attempt. Because the mission required the lunar module to skim the Moon's surface to within 50,000 feet and "snoop around" scouting the Apollo 11 landing site, the crew named the lunar module "Snoopy." The Apollo command module was labeled "Charlie Brown."  There are some new resources you may want to use for your events:

Student challenge - Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge

  • Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge (ANGLeS Challenge)
    Open to students in grades 5-12 across the United States and territories, the event challenges student teams to recreate the Apollo 11 moon landing using a drone and a LEGO Mindstorm robot.

3D printing resources

Virtual Reality (VR) - Google Cardboard of VR Goggles

NASA Moon Trek can be used with Google Cardboard of VR Goggles 

  • Virtual Reality Library: NASA Solar System Treks has developed a set of favorite fly-alongs including Apollo landing sites on the Moon and possible future landing sites on the Moon
    • Go to and scroll down to "Virtual Reality Library" 
    • Instructions: Watch the video of how to use QR codes with Trek Virtual Reality and find links to the "Virtual Reality Library" of tours 
  • Custom Virtual Reality tours can be created with NASA Moon Trek
    • Instructions: Open the Tools panel to draw a path to float along with full 360 views.  You can also watch a video about using QR codes, watch the short video below to see how it works with Trek Virtual Reality:

Library resources