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Two cities, one giant trip: celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary in Bath and Bristol

Commemorate the moment humankind took a giant leap into the future

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20 July 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first two humans - Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin - on the surface of the moon. Bath and Bristol are commemorating this extraordinary space adventure with a number of lunar-themed cinematic, family and photographic events...

Bath 

Landing on the Moon - Herschel Museum (24 July-30 August)

Home to astronomer William Herschel, who discovered Uranus in 1781 using a telescope he had created, this museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of one of Bath’s most extraordinary residents.

This summer the Georgian museum will be celebrating NASA’s incredible moon landings with moon-inspired books, crafts and lots of lunar fun.

Herschel Museum of Astronomy Bath
Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath

Bristol 

Apollo 11 at Watershed (28 June - 4 July)

Director Todd Douglas Miller and his team worked through 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings and never-before-seen film footage from the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing to create this unmissable cinematic experience. Made up entirely of original footage, the film immerses the audience in the perspectives of the astronauts, the Mission Control team and the millions of spectators on the ground, encapsulating the momentous days leading up to the moment that defined a century.

Apollo 11 Moon landing NASA

Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond, Royal Photographic Society (5 July - 29 Sept)

Discover how photography played an essential part in the Apollo Missions, communicating what the Astronauts saw as they first stepped on the Moon. The stellar array of photographs taken on the Moon in 1969 are the most published and iconic images on the planet.

The exhibition traces the story of the Apollo programme up to 1969, paying tribute to the crucial role women played. Also on display are two rare cameras associated with the moon landings (5-7 July) and an interactive installation, Ascension, by Monica Alcazar-Duarte.

The RPS has a packed programme of Space Steps talks, workshops and special events - for more information, check their website.

Moon landing

In The Steps of Apollo 3D at We The Curious (20 July, 2 August, 30 August)

This spectacular show at We The Curious explores humankind’s fascination with space travel and the legacy of the lunar landing in five musical journeys. From the perceptions of ancient stargazers, to the daring Apollo 11 mission, the 3D Planetarium show propels the audience through the solar system and beyond using eye-popping astronomical visuals accompanied by specially-commissioned contemporary classical works by leading composers. The show’s premiere will be preceded by a talk from Debbie Ireland, Curator of the Royal Photographic Society exhibition Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond. Ages 16+.

We The Curious Planetarium Bristol Photo by Ben Bisek Wilkison Eyre
We The Curious Planetarium Bristol

Luna at The Wardrobe Theatre (20 July)

50 years to the day since man first walked on the moon, Roustabout present a glorious celebration of humankind's relationship with Earth's closest cosmic companion.

A rich feast of storytelling, puppetry, music, history and science, Luna is a glorious adventure through humanity's continued fascination with the moon, from our earliest attempts to explain its ever-changing presence, to the extraordinary achievements that culminated in Neil Armstrong taking that one small step. For audiences aged 7 and over.

Apollo 11 moon landing footprint

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Dark Side of the Moon: The fulldome experience at We The Curious (5, 19 July,16 August)

An audio-visual extravaganza inspired by the music of Pink Floyd, with abstract projections on the full Planetarium dome.

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