Air Museum Hosts Lunar Landing Event

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At 10:56 p.m. Eastern time on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong was ready to take the first human steps on the surface of the moon. With more than half a billion people watching on television, he climbed down the ladder and shared his unforgettable words: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

On Saturday July 20, 2019, the New England Air Museum will celebrate the incredible achievement with a day of exhibits and activities related to space exploration and the Apollo 11 flight. Visitors to the museum that day will be able to engage in hands-on activities including Crater Making and Lunar Landscape Painting; view an exhibition of paintings by Astronaut Alan Bean; see and learn about Apollo space mission spacesuits, equipment and artifacts; meet an engineer who worked on the Apollo program right here in Connecticut; attend a special screening of a segment from the new PBS documentary Chasing the Moon and experience the Lunar Landscape through Virtual Reality (additional fee applies).

The program will run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. but the museum will remain open until 5 p.m. that day. Admission is $15 for ages 15 and up, $14 for seniors 65 and up, and $10 for ages 4 to 14. New England Air Museum members and children under 3 are admitted free. For more information, visit or call (860) 623-3305.