Fifty years ago, NASA took one giant leap for mankind with the Apollo 11 mission. The Apollo program was dedicated to President John F. Kennedy’s goal of “putting a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.”

At 9:32 a.m. on Tues., July 16, 2019, several entities at Penn State will celebrate the anniversary of the mission’s Saturn V rocket launch by participating in a nationwide event in an attempt to break a Guinness Book World Record.

Departments of the colleges of Engineering, Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, and the NASA PA Space Grant Consortium are coordinating a free family event to highlight the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.

When: Event begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m., with PSU’s exhibition rocket launch at 9:32 a.m. Other activities include model rocket building and decorating for children and youth, STEM exhibits and demonstrations, special activities at the Pasto Musem of Agriculture, space-themed entertainment, and a public model rocket launch.

Where: Ag Progress Days site, 2710 West Pine Grove Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865

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July 20, 2019, will mark the 50th anniversary of the landing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon. To celebrate, the NASA PA Space Grant Consortium will host a free showing of the 2019 documentary film “Apollo 11,” which consists solely of archival footage, including 70 mm film that was previously unreleased to the public.

The large-format footage includes scenes from Launch Complex 39, the launch of the Saturn V rocket, the recovery of astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins and the Apollo 11 command module, and post-mission efforts aboard the USS Hornet.

When: Doors open at 6:15 p.m. when displays will be set up inside the theatre. The speaker/film screening will begin at 7 p.m.

Where: The State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue, State College, PA 16801

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In addition, NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP), is sponsoring the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge (ANGLeS Challenge), an event for teams of middle-school and high-school students that features a nation-wide drone and robotic project. The team that wins the PA state Challenge will win a special tour of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Facility in Greenbelt, MD, later in the summer.

For more information, visit the ANGLeS Challenge website here:

and the PA Challenge Hub site: