In 1969, NASA launched its most daring mission – sending astronauts to land on the moon and returning them safely home. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the lunar surface, and cultural attractions across LA are celebrating one of humanity’s greatest achievements.
APOLLO 11- The Immersive Live Show Rose Bowl 1001 Rose Bowl Drive Pasadena, CA 91103
Apollo 11 is a ground-breaking new show with an original story inspired by the Apollo missions. The show is performed by cast of 20 and presented in the spectacular custom-built theatre, the Lunar Dome, with 40,000 square feet of 360 degree video projections, and props that simulate a rocket launch, including a life-size re-creation of the lunar landing module. This truly immersive experience tells the story of the moon landing from the perspective of the 400,000 people who worked together to put astronauts on the moon and bring them safely home.
Apollo 11: First Steps Edition California Science Center 700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Fasten your seat belts and get ready to be lifted off to the moon in this adrenaline-filled, immersive experience on the California Science Center 7-story IMAX screen! In this special giant-screen edition of Todd Douglas Miller’s critically acclaimed Apollo 11 documentary, created exclusively for science centers and museum theaters, the filmmakers reconstruct the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of this historic mission—one of humanity’s greatest achievements and the first to put men on the Moon. With a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70mm footage and audio recordings, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition joins Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the Mission Control team and millions of spectators around the world, during those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.
America in Space Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Aug. 15 In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by David Newman, presents “America in Space.” Hear how Hollywood’s composers have been inspired by the achievements of American space travel. A mix of music, film clips, and archival footage will tell the story of our push to explore beyond Earth’s atmosphere, from the thrill of the space race to the possibility of missions to Mars. Experts from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena will join the orchestra to underscore the impact of California’s scientists and engineers on our achievements in space.
Yesterday’s Tomorrowland Today Winslow Garage 3540 Winslow Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Get ready for a Retro-Rocket Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing! Yesterday’s Tomorrowland Today is a group show that explore the hopes and shattered dreams of postwar America’s ‘Atomic Age’ and how that legacy affects us today. The exhibtion features xerox artwork (both new and vintage) by West Coast alumni of Club 57, the infamous neo-Dada performance/art space that existed in New York’s East Village from 1978-1983, and was the subject of a recent retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Many of the artists featured in this new show, including the curators, had work in the MoMA exhibit which also highlighted the early careers of Kenny Scharf and Keith Haring.
Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way Downey, CA 90242
View the newest exhibit about the Apollo 11 program on display at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. The exhibit highlights the important contributions that Southern California made to getting us to the moon! Presented through the generous support of Aerojet-Rocketdyne. The Columbia Memorial Space Center (CMSC) is a science museum owned and operated by the City of Downey, California. The site of the museum is the former Boeing/Rockwell/North American plant where all of the Apollo Command/Service Modules were built and the Space Shuttle was conceived.
Apollo 11 Alumni Talk LA Central Library Central Library 650 W. 5th Street Los Angeles, CA 90071
Sept. 22 The Columbia Memorial Space Center is visiting various branches of the LA Public Library with activities tied to the Apollo program. Join a panel of distinguished former aerospace professionals from the Apollo era, eager to share their recollections, from the personal to the professional. These are the people who designed and built the spaceships that took us to the Moon! Hear the story of humanity’s greatest technical achievement from those who made it happen. This discussion, which will be held in the Taper Auditorium, will be moderated by the President and Executive Director of the Columbia Memorial Space Center, Ben Dickow.
JPL Free Public Tours Jet Propulsion Laboratory 4800 Oak Grove Drive Pasadena, CA 91109
The JPL Public Services Office offers tours free of charge for groups and individuals on an advance reservation basis. Visitor parking is also available free of charge. All tours commonly include a multimedia presentation on JPL entitled “Journey to the Planets and Beyond,” which provides an overview of the Laboratory’s activities and accomplishments. Guests may also visit the von Karman Visitor Center, the Space Flight Operations Facility, and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility. For tour schedule call (818) 354-9314 or email [email protected]
CalTech Live! California Institute of Technology 1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125
For over 50 years, Caltech’s public events program has offered the Caltech family and the community at large a gateway to world-class scientists, artists, and speakers, making the Institute one of Southern California’s acknowledged cultural centers. CaltechLive! offers top-flight events at multiple locations on campus, including science lectures, performing arts, folk music, and chamber music. As part of its commitment to being an active institutional citizen, Caltech provides multiple outreach programs that benefit students, educators, community partners, local businesses, local government, and campus neighbors. Each collaboration Caltech undertakes with community members is driven by the individual engagement of participants from Caltech. Their personal passion is the key ingredient to the history and traditions that distinguish Caltech’s presence in the community.
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