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Lakeshore Library going lunar over moon landing

Apollo 11 lunar module pilot Edwin “Buzz” E. Aldrin Jr. walks up to the American flag that he and commander Neil Armstrong placed on the moon during their successful July 20, 1969, landing. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic event, and Lakeshore Branch Library is throwing a Moon Landing Party at 2:30 PM on Monday, July 15, to celebrate. NASA photo

One of the most significant events in human history occurred 50 years ago when a man stepped out of a lunar landing module and set foot on the moon.

Lakeshore Branch Library in Buchanan Dam is celebrating the Apollo 11 moon landing when Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” E. Aldrin Jr. walked on the moon by throwing a Moon Landing Party at 2:30 PM on Monday, July 15, at the library.

The moon-themed event pays tribute to the July 20, 1969, landing with a live webcast re-creation of the Apollo 11 mission at 3 PM. Several other family-fun activities will commemorate the Apollo 11 mission. Complete all the activities to earn a mission patch and have your photo taken on the “moon.”

The Apollo 11 spacecraft was launched on July 16, 1969, from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On board were Armstrong, Aldrin, and command module pilot Michael Collins. Their primary mission was to perform a manned lunar landing and return safely to Earth.

The mission, along with others leading up to the historic event, opened up the world’s imagination to what humans were capable of.

The Lakeshore Branch Library’s Moon Landing Party is free for all ages. Refreshments will be served.

The library is located at 7346RR 261 in Buchanan Dam. Along with parking in front of the library, more parking is available across Cedar Drive north of the building.

Call (325) 379-1174 for more information.

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