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List: Events to commemorate Apollo 11 50th anniversary in Menomonie

Menomonie (WQOW) — On July 20, 1969 the Apollo 11 space mission landed on the Moon. Starting Thursday night, you can be a part of several events to commemorate the “giant leap for mankind.”

At the Menomonie Public Library, you can get a look at a life-size replica of Neil Armstrong’s space suit, or check out a to-scale model of the rocket that sent him to the moon. Both were created by UW-Stout Physics professor, Alan Scott (who will also be leading the events). for the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11.

Officials told News 18 the Apollo space missions are important pieces of American History.

“The three astronauts, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, they became world-wide celebrities, and traveled around the world. So, it was kind of a big deal,” said Ted Stark, director of the Menomonie Public Library. “I think that’s a piece of it, and then just to get young people interested in science.”

The first event is Thursday night, at 9:30 p.m. you can go stargazing with telescopes at the library. Next week, you can watch a presentation about the “First Man on the Moon”, and even build your own rocket. You can find more event details below:

  • 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, star gazing with telescopes
  • 7 p.m. Monday, July 15, a showing of the PBS NOVA presentation “First Man on the Moon,” a portrait of Armstrong
  • 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, Scott will host a model rocketry workshop. Middle school to high school students will build a model rocket. “Associated with the build, I am going to do a presentation on the science of rocketry and the Apollo 11 program,” Scott said. Weather permitting the rockets will be fired up at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, at Menomonie Middle School.
  • 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, Scott will host a program on the Mars Lander. Elementary-age students will build a simple lander from a kit Scott developed. Using a paper cup, sticks and sand, children will be able to build an experiment showing negative and positive buoyancy.
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