50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing to be celebrated at Woolsthorpe Manor
Woolsthorpe Manor, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton, will mark the 50th anniversary of the momentous Apollo 11 Moon landing.
An estimated 530 million people watched Neil Armstrong’s televised image and heard him say: “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.
Woolsthorpe Manor will mark the occasion with a series of events to suit space enthusiasts of all ages, running from Tuesday, July 16, to Saturday, July 20. An exhibition will take place all summer.
Tuesday marks 50 years since launch and Saturday marks 50 years since landing on the Moon.
Help break a record in the Global Rocket Launch (Tuesday, July 16) on the 50th anniversary of lift-off from Cape Kennedy or take part in Space Race Family rocket workshops (Wednesday, July 17), discover more at the evening Moon landing talk with physicist Dr Nigel Bannister (Friday, July 19) and join in the celebrations on Saturday, July 20, with pop-up science and Destination Space Moon 50 family shows.
Across the site you'll find the story of how Newtonian physics was vital to the Apollo missions. At Woolsthorpe Manor, Newton undertook his most creative thinking, developing his three Laws of Motion and the Law of Universal Gravitation, during his "Year of Wonders". These laws were applied to the Moon mission in 1969 and still are in space travel today.
In the house you can take a #SpaceSelfie with Buzz Aldrin and watch Apollo 11 lift-off and touchdown on the Moon.
In the barn, discover a two-thirds scale Lego model of the Soyuz descent module. Thanks to the UK Space Agency, the descent module has made a detour to Lincolnshire. The model is made out of 160,000 Lego bricks and took 650 hours to build.
Apollo 11 and Newtonian physics – Hayloft
July 1 – August 31
Visit the Hayloft in the Manor to watch the Apollo 11 mission launch and Lunar Module landing. Understand the role of Newtonian physics and use of calculus in the Apollo missions. Walk in the footsteps of Buzz Aldrin and take a #SpaceSelfie with him.
Global Rocket Launch
Tues, July 16, 11am to 3pm
Join Space Camp’s global celebration and help launch rockets on the 50th anniversary of lift-off from Cape Kennedy. Join in the fun, take a picture and hashtag #GlobalRocketLaunch #Apollo50 @NTWoolsthorpe @RocketCenterUSA. £1. Normal admission applies.
Space Race Family Rocket Workshops
Wednesday, July 17, 11am-1pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm. Child £2. Normal admission applies.
Experience Newtonian physics in action as you shoot rockets into the sky. Join in the Space Race and design, build and test rockets of different types. Test which one works best; standard paper rockets, water rockets or film canister rockets? Which are your favourite?
Apollo 11 Moon Landing Talk
Friday, July 19, 6pm-8pm. Booking essential. Adult £8.
Discover more about the momentous moon landing on the eve of the 50th anniversary.
Dr Nigel Bannister, Senior Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester gives insight into the Apollo 11 mission and moon landing.
Apollo 11 Moon 50th Anniversary celebrations
Mark humanity's giant leap forward on the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Look out for the pop-up science or join in one of our Destination Space Moon 50 Family Shows at 11.30am and 2pm. Book a ticket on arrival. £2 per child. Normal admission applies.