Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong took that “one small step” that was dubbed “a giant step for all mankind” when he walked on the moon. While many of us may wish mankind would take a giant step back from the abyss of bigotry here on Earth, the technical accomplishment of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon, the result of almost a decade of focus on that goal, is something to celebrate.
There are several celebrations taking place this weekend around University Circle. The Cleveland History Center will be one of 50 Smithsonian affiliated museums screening The Day We Walked on the Moon, featuring astronauts, children of mission astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Armstrong, members of Mission Control, and even Queen guitarist Brian May who earned his PhD in astrophysics in 2007, 37 years after he began his studies (He was busy in the meantime!) The screenings take place throughout the day and are free with museum admission.
The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinemtheque is also showing a moon landing-related film For All Mankind. The 1989 film features footage from NASA’s nine lunar missions taken from more than 2,000 hours of film, with voiceover narration by astronauts and music by Brian Eno. Suitable for the whole family, it will screen Sat 7/20 @ 9:40 pm and Sun 7/21 @ 4:30pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for age 17 and under. On Sunday there’s even free popcorn.
Finally, come to Toby’s Plaza outside moCa Cleveland from 7-11pm for a moon landing party. Astronomers from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History will be on hand to talk about what’s up in the sky, and there’ll be an outdoor screening of the 2018 doc about Neil Armstrong, First Man. In addition, there’s be space-themed games including solar-system slingshot, virtual reality games and a kids’ moonwalk bounce house. It’s free.