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.

STORIES ABOUT APOLLO 11

Pianist/organist Christopher Joel Carter presents "Sounds from Space" Sunday August 11th at Trinity Methodist Church.

Jazzman, author, and Alabama native Willie Ruff talks about his Kepler project, winging its way through space on Voyager I.

Morning Blend host Dorrie Nutt spoke with musicians involved in the premiere of the Von Braun Suite by Stephen Bulla at the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration.

This episode of The Public Radio Hour features the original WLRH documentary 'One Giant Leap: how integration at NASA helped mankind reach the moon'. We'll retrace how the integration of Werner von Braun's German rocket team, women and minorities into NASA's workforce was necessary for America's successful lunar mission.

Stephen Bulla, composer of the von Braun Suite, stopped by the studios to talk about the premier of the work at the Apollo Homecoming and Celebration Tuesday July 16th.

Yesterday, the US Space and Rocket Center attempted to set a new world-record by launching 5,000 model rockets … all at once! Brett Tannehill takes us there in this audio postcard as he asks the question "If you could take a rocket to anywhere, where would you go?

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we launch our Elder Care series, we hear an eerie radio drama depicting an alternate outcome for the Apollo 11 mission, take an adventure with Sundial Young Writer winner, and preview upcoming Bicentennial events happening around Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley ...

On this episode of The Public Radio Hour, we’ll hear about the rediscovery of The Clotilda, learn about Next Flex student training efforts, discuss the problem with the ‘Us Versus Them’ mentality, and get updates on Listen Local Huntsville's 'Music From The Moon' songwriting contest.

The Greater Huntsville Humane Society and the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library have joined forces to bring a new exhibition titled "To the

On this episode, we’ll hear about the Huntsville Madison County Public Library’s Apollo 11 festivities and programs. We’ll also hear about some upcoming local Bicentennial events. We’ll check out a special episode from the podcast, ‘Unmute the Commute,’ and we'll visit with retiring Huntsville Symphony Orchestra harpist Katherine Newman.

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.

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.

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.

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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