Public Meeting Tuesday 25th June 2019


Buzz Aldrin setting up seismograph equipment.


The lunar module is behind him.

The moon landing was watched by an estimated 600 million people around the world. 20th July 1969 – Apollo 11 becomes the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon. Neil Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot) and Michael Collins (command module pilot) were the crew.

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A Moon landing is the arrival of a spacecraft on the surface of the Moon. This includes both crewed and uncrewed (robotic) missions. The first human-made object to reach the surface of the Moon was the Soviet Union‘s Luna 2 mission, on 13th September 1959.

The United States’ Apollo 11 was the first crewed mission to land on the Moon, on 20th July 1969. There have been six crewed U.S. landings (between 1969 and 1972) and numerous uncrewed landings, with no soft landings happening from 22nd August 1976 until 14th December 2013.

To date, the United States is the only country to have successfully conducted crewed missions to the Moon, with the last departing the lunar surface in December 1972. All crewed and uncrewed soft landings had taken place on the near side of the Moon, until 3rd January 2019 when the Chinese Chang’e 4 spacecraft made the first landing on the far side of the Moon.

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Our next public meeting –

Tuesday 25th June 2019.

The Apollo 11 Moon landing 50 years ago

 Next month marks 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing on 20th July 1969.

We start celebrating this momentous event on Tuesday, and continue at our two Tuesday meetings in July – 9th and 23rd.

Don’t miss any of these three public meetings.



Our next public meeting –

Viewing – both astronomical and on-screen

The Apollo 11 Moon landing

Tuesday 25th June at 7.30pm

Fergusson Park Observatory, Tilby Drive, Matua, Tauranga.


Earth’s Moon

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telescope & Moon

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