Huntsville city leaders, Mayor Tommy Battle and U.S. Space & Rocket Center CEO and Executive Director Dr. Deborah Barnhart made a big announcement about the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11th lunar landing. We’re going to celebrate why Huntsville is called “The Rocket City” and pay tribute to all the people that played a part in America’s effort to land on the moon and safely return. Honorary Chairs of the event will be members of the Dr. von Braun family.
“NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville played a leading role in building the Saturn V rocket that ultimately carried man to the moon,” Mayor Tommy Battle said. “There is no better City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that remarkable feat than Huntsville in 2019.
There will be events throughout 2019, including: Panoply 2019’s Alabama Bicentennial and Lunar Landing themes; a Guinness World record attempt at the most simultaneous rocket launches; an Apollo Homecoming Dinner at the U. S. Space & Rocket Center; and dancing in the streets on Courthouse Square. The Apollo 11 mission anniversary week in July 2019 also includes a Celebration Car Show and a concert on July 20, moon-landing day.
“The Committee would like to engage the public as it continues its work to coordinate 50th Anniversary activities with community organizations, government, the arts and entertainment organizations, industry, education and our visitors,” Dr. Barnhart said. “I encourage all of our citizens to be a part of our journey back to the moon and on to Mars.”