OMSI celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

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'One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind'

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s been 50 years since the first man walked on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 spaceflight.

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry held a special celebration to commemorate the historic day.

Visitors to OMSI were able to explore space-themed exhibits and even climb into a replica of the Gemini capsule which preceded the Apollo capsule by a few years.

Kids and adults alike also interacted with task-oriented robots reminiscent of the Mars Rover. Other exhibits featured spaceflight suits and products that got their start through space travel, such as Tang, memory Foam and even Velcro.

Robots at an Apollo 11 event at OMSI, July 20, 2019. (KOIN)

Authors who specialize in the subjects of space and the moon were also on hand to answer questions while the movie “Apollo 11” played on the big screen.

Other space-themed events happening in the Portland area:

  • Star Party at LL Stubb Stewart State Park & Rooster Rock State Park – Saturday at dusk
  • Space-themed trivia night – Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
  • International Space Station flyover

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