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Museum to celebrate Apollo 11 anniversary

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Roswell will be a part of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Global Rocket Launch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

The world held its collective breath in July 1969 when the Saturn V rocket launched on the greatest expedition anyone could imagine. The unprecedented mission to the moon was one of the greatest technological advancements for mankind.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, and the Roswell Museum and Art Center plans to celebrate.

The community is invited to join museum and planetarium staff Tuesday, July 16 at 9 a.m. to celebrate the anniversary of the day Apollo 11 launched to the moon. People can be part of a global event with RMAC and friends around the world in a worldwide rocket launch. More information about the global-launch event is found at www.rocketcenter.com/apollo50/GlobalLaunch.

Robert H. Goddard Planetarium, along with Goddard High School’s Engineering Program, will lead rocket launches on the north side of the parking lot. Goddard students will help participants assemble simple straw rockets or participants can bring their own model rocket to launch. (To ensure safety, contact the museum in advance if it flies above 15 feet.) This is a drop-by event and will last about 30 minutes.

On the anniversary of the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon, RMAC will celebrate with a movie, moon- and rocket-themed crafts, and moon gazing through telescopes with the Roswell Astronomy Club. On Saturday, July 20 bring lawn chairs and blankets to the north side of the museum by the planetarium for popcorn and a free screening of the 1986 family film “Space Camp.” Activities will begin at 7 p.m. and the film and moon-gazing will start after sunset, around 8:15 p.m.

Food trailer “Chuchulukos y mad” will be on hand selling drinks and snacks.

The July 16 and 20 events are free to the public. Visit the museum Facebook page or website, www.roswellmuseum.org, for details.

The museum and planetarium are located at 1011 N. Richardson Ave., just north of the Roswell Convention Center. For more information, call 575-624-6744.