Online Exhibition: Voices of Apollo
In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced a seemingly impossible goal of putting a man on the Moon by the end of the decade. “We choose to go to the Moon,” he declared.
Eight years later the unthinkable would be proven possible. On July 20, 1969, NASA’s Apollo 11 mission would touch down on the surface of the Moon. Nearly 600 million people would watch a televised photo of Commander Neil Armstrong and hear him say, “…that’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, we continue to draw inspiration from this monumental event. It took over 400,000 people almost a decade to land two men on the Moon. This “moonshot” was on a global scale never seen before, with an international interest yet to be repeated.
In our latest online exhibition, we’re celebrating all things Apollo—from the collaborative nature of the Apollo program, to memories of the historic event, to continual inspiration for future generations. Hear from a handful of the 400,000 people who made the Moon landing possible, as well as the people who watched this incredible feat in awe from Earth.
Explore “Voices of Apollo” for yourself and check out our other exciting exhibitions, including the historical origins of space exploration and an in-depth look at artist Frederick J. Brown’s Milky Way, on Google Arts and Culture.
You can also meet Reatha Clark King, Robert Davidson, and Beth Moses (three of our “Voices of Apollo”) at the Adler Planetarium on Saturday, July 20, at our Moon Bash celebration!
Header Image: Robert Davidson, shown on the left of the image holding a microphone, seen here conducting a spacesuit fit check with astronaut Rusty Schweikart on December 17, 1966.