Monday, July 16th marks the 49th anniversary of Apollo 11 launch, which is when the United States made it to the moon with the help of the Huntsville-made Saturn V.
Mayor Tommy Battle and U.S. Space and Rocket Center CEO and Executive Director Dr. Deborah
Barnhart announced plans for a citywide celebration this time next year for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
“We will celebrate this miracle of engineering and expand our celebration to our forward look to the return to the moon and our journey to Mars and beyond on another Huntsville-built, Huntsville-powered craft,” says Barnhart.
This celebration will honor the historic and significant role of the U.S. Army, Dr. Wernher Von Braun, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the Huntsville workforce in America’s effort to land on the moon and safely return.
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is trying to gain national attention by declaring July 16, 2019 Launch Day.
The week of July 13th-20th will be full of events featuring:
-Celebration car show
-Anniversary launch day
-Two Guinness Book of World Record attempts: launching 5,000 rockets at once and launching the most rockets in one 24 hour period ever on earth
-Celebration dinner and program with Dr. Von Braun’s family as guests
-Dancing in the streets parade reacting the day we landed 50 years ago
-Rocketfest moon landing concert
They will also be selling models of the Saturn V for you to paint and express your joy in the celebration of the anniversary.