100 Day Countdown to Apollo 50th Anniversary Celebration
Garden City, N.Y. April 11, 2019 – Today marks 100 days out until the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, (July 20, 1969) when 600 million people around the world watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin take their first steps on the moon. For the past 18 months, the Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center has been celebrating this historic event and Long Island’s significant contribution of designing, building, and testing the spaceship that put man on the moon. The multi-year celebration culminates in three special summer events that honor and celebrate the individuals responsible for this tremendous endeavor, as well as encourage the community to re-experience the universal feelings of pride, accomplishment, hope, and optimism that the moon landing generated around the world.
Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner – June 6th – 6:00pm A once in a lifetime opportunity that brings Apollo Astronauts, Flight Directors, and Grumman Engineers together to celebrate and acknowledge the tremendous achievement of the Apollo Program. Guests include Apollo 7 Lunar Module Pilot, Walt Cunningham, Apollo 9 Lunar Module Pilot, Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 13 Lunar Module Pilot, Fred Haise, Apollo Flight Directors Gerry Griffin and Milt Windler plus other invited Astronauts and Flight Directors as well as the Grumman Engineers that worked on the program. Tickets include Cocktails in the Galleries, Elegant Dinner and Program, Apollo Astronaut Tribute, Space Memorabilia Auction Tickets: $275
Apollo at 50 Moon Fest – July 20, 2019 9:30am – 5:00pm A fun, family-friendly festival at the museum that includes visits from Long Island Space Shuttle Astronauts including Bill Shepherd (Babylon) and Charlie Carmada (Ozone Park). All day activities include virtual reality experiences, model rocket launches, and a community countdown at 4:18 pm to collectively watch, re-experience, and honor as a community, the historic “The Eagle has Landed” Lunar Module landing on the moon. As a special bonus, all museum attendees will get a free showing of the new highly-acclaimed documentary, Apollo 11 in our immersive Dome Theater. Tickets: $20 Adults/$15 Kids
Apollo at 50 Countdown Celebration – July 20, 2019 7:00pm – 11:00pm A lively dinner and champagne toast with music and dancing, as the community comes together to watch and re-experience the unforgettable first steps on the moon at 10:56 pm with a special moon landing viewing and countdown. Photo opportunities in our re-created 1969 living room. Opportunities to share stories and learn about Long Island’s contributions to advancements in space. A true celebration of Long Island pride. A dinner ticket automatically gives admission to Apollo at Moon Fest events during the day. Tickets: $125
Tickets for events can be purchased online at www.cradleofaviation.org/apollo or by calling Reservations 516-572-4066 (Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm) Grumman Retirees and Museum Members, may call Reservations for discounted tickets.
Proceeds to Benefit Museum Education and Preservation Programs.
Additional Opportunities to Celebrate
Apollo Exhibit Visitors can currently view the largest collection of Apollo & Lunar Module artifacts on display in the world, the Lunar Module Simulator that all Apollo Astronauts trained on, and the museum’s “crowned jewel” an original Lunar Module (1 of 3) on this earth, as well as, a new immersive exhibit, Space: A Journey To Our Future, which provides a holistic view of space travel.
Apollo 11 First Steps Documentary Beginning on May 21st, visitors can enjoy the IMAX experience of the critically acclaimed, Apollo 11 Movie in our immersive dome theater.
Social Media Follow the Cradle of Aviation’s social media channels to learn more about Apollo, Long Island’s contributions, meet the people who worked on the program, and learn detailed information about the Apollo Exhibit artifacts.
The Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center is home to over 75 planes and spacecraft representing over 100 years of aviation history and Long Island’s only Giant Screen Dome Theater. Currently, the museum is celebrating “Countdown to Apollo at 50” sponsored by the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation, showcasing Long Island and Grumman’s significant role in the Apollo program. The Museum was recently recognized and listed on New York State’s National Register of Historic Places as a significant part of American history. The museum is located on Museum Row, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., in East Garden City. For more information call (516) 572-4111 or visit www.cradleofaviation.org.