Museum Hours: Mon - Sat, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm / Sun, 10 am - 4 pm.

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Events

One Giant Leap

Celebrate one of the greatest events of all time with us!

At the National Automobile Museum / Nevada Space Center

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM NASA Engagement Day: Lunar Activities
A community program for families and students

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Anniversary of Apollo 11 — Special Presentations
& Northern Nevada Connections to Project Apollo
“History & Quarantine Process for Project Apollo” – Dr. Richard Simmonds*
“Meanwhile, Back in Mission Control” – Tom Taormina**
“Northern Nevada’s Apollo Engine Test Site” – Dick Dreiling***
Question and Answer Session

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Apollo 11: The Movie (included with ticket)
Newly-edited film composed of original HD footage

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Multiple Events
Preview of Challenger Center Mission Control
Self-guided tour of Nevada Space Center exhibits
Fly simulators and operate interactive displays
Enjoy National Automobile Museum exhibits

Venue Shift to the Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center
Next to West Stadium Parking Garage, UNR (Free Parking)

Special Planetarium Shows & Tours of Mission Moon Exhibit Expansion (30 activities!)
(Tickets available separately — here online, and at venue)
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM “Space Next” (Moon Landings & Future Space Exploration)
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM “Back to the Moon for Good” with Updated NASA Presentation
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM “Moons: Worlds of Mystery” from the Boston Museum of Science
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Moonlight Lounge: Music, Culture & Fashion of the 60s
Special Live Presentation, Dance and Mocktails “Under the Moon”
with “Flight Director Jenny” (Half-Price w/ 60’s Apparel)

*Dr. Simmonds was an Air Force veterinarian on assignment with NASA and managed the animal portions of the Lunar Quarantine Program and two additional animal related studies on the Apollo 17 and Skylab II missions.

**Tom Taormina was a member of the contractor team that supported the Apollo mission and was present in Mission Control when the “Houston, we have a problem” message came in from the Apollo 13 Command Module.

***Dick Dreiling is a Board Member for the Sparks Heritage Museum & Cultural Center and has researched in depth the history of the rocket engine technology that took us to the Moon and was secretly tested in northern Nevada during the 1950s and 60s.