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50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Edwin Aldrin of Apollo 11 walks on the Moon

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the Moon. On this 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission, the National Archives highlights records about NASA and the space program and presents events and exhibits in Washington, DC, and at Presidential Libraries.

Find out more about our records relating to space exploration on Space Exploration - NASA Records at the National Archives.


National Archives Film Footage Fuels Apollo 11 Film

Learn about the work done by National Archives staff in a digitization partnership to make Apollo imagery more widely accessible to the public.


Washington, DC

Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. – "Small Steps and Giant Leaps: How Apollo 11 Shaped Our Understanding of Earth and Beyond"

Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. – Apollo 11

Friday, July 19, at 12 p.m. – From the Earth to the Moon: Mare Tranquilitatis

Friday, July 19, at 3 p.m. – Moonwalk One

Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m. – First Man


Kansas City, MO

Saturday, July 20, at 8:30 a.m. - The Legacy of Apollo: 50 Years and Still Counting


John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, MA

Saturday, July 20 Space Fest 2019

JFK Space Summit: Watch the presentations from the day-long symposium on June 19.


Richard Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA

Saturday, July 20, at 8:00 a.m. - Space Race: 5K

Saturday, July 20, at 10 a.m. - Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, July 23, at 5 p.m. - 50th Anniversary: Apollo 11 Splashdown Celebration Dinner


Washington, DC

Featured Document Display: 50th Anniversary of Apollo XI Moon Landing
Through August 7, 2019

Richard Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA

Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind
Through January 12, 2020