Let’s Party Like Its 1969 | 50 Years Since Landing on the Moon!

From 07/20/19 1:00 pm until 07/20/19 4:00 pm

At Rapid City Public Library Downtown

Categories: Library

Dress up in your most retro-stylish duds and travel back in time! Relive the historic 1969 lunar landing with era-appropriate food, music and fun! Good vibes all around!

July 20, 1969 humankind took a giant leap into the future when Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. Fifty years later, experience the era that gave us Tang & Carrot Jell-O Salad!

  • Munch on hot dogs and Tang!
  • Experience our Moon kinetic sand box.
  • DIY a lava lamp.
  • Make an Andy Warhol soup can bank.
  • Find out if you have the right stuff with our NASA Training Stations.
  • Far out food raffle!
  • Watch the actual lunar landing on the big screen in our recreated 1969 viewing room.

Let’s Party Like Its 1969!


The Apollo 11 lunar module landed at 4:18 p.m. EDT with only 30 seconds of fuel remaining. Astronaut Neil Armstrong radioed, 'Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.'

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Armstrong later confirmed that landing was his biggest concern, saying 'the unknowns were rampant,' and 'there were just a thousand things to worry about.'

At 10:56 p.m. EDT Armstrong planted the first human foot on another world. With more than half a billion people watching on television, he climbed down the ladder and proclaimed, 'That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.'

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin joined him shortly, offering a simple but powerful description of the lunar surface, 'magnificent desolation.' They explored the surface of the Moon for two & a half hours, collecting samples & taking photographs, leaving behind an American flag, a patch honoring the fallen Apollo 1 crew, & a plaque on one of Eagle's legs that read, 'Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.'

Visit nasa.gov for more audio/visual of Apollo missions.