Apollo 11 Anniversary Stories and Events

On July 16, 1969 at 9:32 a.m. at NASA’s Launch Pad 39A, Apollo 11’s five F1 engines on NASA’s Saturn-V AS-506 rocket ignited to slowly lift three Americans and humankind’s dreams aboard the historic mission to the Moon. In July 2019, the Rocket City will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic journey to the moon and look to the future of space exploration.

This page is collection of all WLRH content (stories, features and events) related to the anniversary. We hope you enjoy this resource! 

For a complete list of US Space and Rocket Center Annivesary events click here. 

For a full list of events commemorating the Apollo 11 anniversary events and Alabama’s Bicentennial taking place in and around Huntsville, AL click here.


On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we talk with Robert Stone, producer and director of 'Chasing The Moon', as well as Arthur Hullett, one of the early African-Americans working in a technical field during the Apollo program.

Coming up this Saturday, the Huntsville Community Chorus presents “To the Moon and Back” a celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA and the Apollo moon landing.

WLRH and Alabama Public Television are collecting stories from people who worked on the historic 1969 moon landing or remember watching it with their friends and family.

Mission Control: Human Spaceflight is an exciting opportunity for students to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United States landing on the moon and participate in the excitement and fascination of space and space travel without leaving their desks. This celebration of historical, current and future manned space exploration is designed to encourage students' interest in STEM.

On this episode of the Public Radio Hour. NASA historians will shed light on legendary rocket scientist Werner von Braun’s connections to Nazis and desegregation. We’ll learn about efforts to connect high school students with jobs at the Mazda Toyota plant, and go job hunting on the A Smart Place website. We'll also hear a legislative update on proposals regarding Common Core, abortion, prison reform and medical marijuana.

In this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we'll have the first of a two-part discussion with NASA's chief historian Dr.

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we'll hear about the documentary 'Wrestle', learn about the "Music From The Moon" songwriting contest and chat with Sarah Williamson, about her 'Perceptions' series.

In this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we'll wrap up our celebration of Black History Month and kick Women's History Month by meeting two two amazing people … math wizards who blazed a trail for women and African-Americans in America’s space program.

WLRH is excited to welcome back Ira Flatow to the Rocket City for First Take with Science Friday!

Please join Alabama Public Television and WLRH 89.3 FM/HD at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville for a preview screening of excerpts from CHASING THE MOON, followed by a panel discussion which includes filmmaker Robert Stone.



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