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One giant leap for mankind. The Moon Landing was the greatest technical achievement of the 20th century. We have gathered together an inspirational selection of fiction and non-fiction books to mark this significant moment in our history, the first time humans visited another world.
July 20, 2019, was the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, when humans first set foot upon the Moon. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the crew of Apollo 11, made history that day but the success and the enormous scientific achievement was the culmination of years of work by technicians and engineers. The Apollo 11 lunar mission was part of the NASA Apollo program of the 1960s and '70s, when nine missions were sent to the Moon, six successfully landed astronauts on the moon surface.
There was an array of newly published literature to mark this momentous event, from lift-the-flap board books to detailed non-fiction titles. Children are always fascinated by space, whether it's the idea of aliens causing havoc or learning about our Solar System there's a book for everyone in this special feature.
And in addition to published work there are also lots of events across the country celebrating the Moon Landing Anniversary;
The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux has activities over weekends and holidays, including a rocket launch and night viewings.
Visit The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres to find exhibitions and workshops at a museum or science centre near you.
The Science Museum is holds of events across the year including special film previews, sleepovers, family craft activities and lectures.
The Kielder Observatory in Northumberland is a great place to visit for star-gazing any time of the year, for Dark Skies and Night Exploring and an opportunity to use the telescopes.
The BBC World Service launched a podcast series to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. 13 Minutes to the Moon details the final phase of the descent to the lunar surface - and the months and years that led up to those extraordinary moments.
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