Evansville remembers the moon landing 50 years later


One small step for man and one giant leap for mankind was made 50 years ago today.
Apollo 11’s astronauts took the first steps on the moon then and today, the world remembered that day in 1969.

The Evansville Museum even hosted Moonfest.

“A little kid opened the door, she walked in and her face lit up,” said Curator of Education Karen Malone.

Apollo’s astronauts also opened a door for humanity, 50 years ago.

“This was a moment that 50 years ago, people watched around the world. And I think it’s really neat because Evansville’s come together at this museum we’re all celebrating this together,” said Malone.

Moon Festival included moon games, moon science, rock decorating and a black light party.

Kids even made their own rockets, and Kibo White Peacock named hers “superstar.”

“Because it has three stars on it, obviously,” she explained.

Just like NASA’s launch fifty years ago, her launch was a success.

It seems everyone has a connection to the moon landing.

“My dad watched the moon landing when he was a kid and he was telling me about it,” said

“It’s not just connecting with the universe around us but our own family’s history and bonding together.”

Whether personal or scientific the moonlanding’s history is something that stays with us today.

“A lot of techology that was developed during the space race impacts our daily life,” said Malone.

You don’t have to go to a museum to see those. You need only look as far as your microwave.

Maybe kids here will look back on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing as a milestone of their own:

“Sometimes that inspiration, that career, what you want to do what you want to be passionate about can start at a young age.”

And who knows? Maybe Evansville is home to some astronauts of the future.

“When I was younger, I like saw a little light and I’m like … that’s Venus! Or something! And so she looked it up. And it was!”

If you missed today the Museum -will have more moon activities next Saturday as well.

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(This story was originally published on July 19, 2019)

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