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Earthrise 50th Anniversary Celebration

Dec 21, 2018 07:00 PM - Dec 21, 2018 10:30 PM IMAX Theater and Space Shuttle Atlantis

Earthrise is an iconic photo. Astronauts Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders launched aboard Apollo 8 on December 21, 1968. During their mission, they captured this image of the Earth as they orbited the Moon. It was unlike anything the world had ever seen. This snapshot, taken on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968, showed our lonely and beautiful planet, and it is credited with sparking an environmental movement.

On December 21, 2018, join The Constellation Team and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for a celebration of the photo’s 50th anniversary, 50 years later to the day of the mission’s launch.

The event will include a panel presentation and reception. During the presentation in IMAX® Theater, join astronauts Leland Melvin, Anousheh Ansari, Ron Garan and Nicole Stott, and other presenters (to be announced) as they share their profound experiences of seeing Earth from space.

After Space Shuttle Atlantis®, catch an Earthrise themed projection show during the evening’s reception. The projection is built from artwork by children from all over the world who have participated in a Space for Art Foundation Earthrise project. Plus, immerse yourself into an Earthrise virtual reality experience and explore related art on display.

Guests will be able to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and drinks throughout the evening. Details to follow.


Tickets for this event may be purchased through The Constellation Team’s event page below. Event tickets are not sold through Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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The famous Earthrise photo was taken during the Apollo 8 mission, the first manned mission to the moon.

Earthrise 50th Anniversary Celebration

Rocket Launch: January 17, 2019 TBA | Commercial Crew SpaceX Demonstration Mission 1 (UNCREWED)

UPDATE: Rocket Launch: December 5, 2018 1:16 PM EST | SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-16

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