Tomorrow, Saturday, July 20, marks 50 years since Neil Armstrong took one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some of the out-of-this-world events around town, the cutest space-inspired products and the best flicks to catch.
Here are our top five ways to celebrate the moon landing this July…
1. HEAD TO THE NASA EXHIBITION AT THE BRISBANE MUSEUM
From Friday March 15 thru to Saturday October 19, the Queensland Museum at South Bank is taking you on an intergalactic adventure through the stars. Come face to face with NASA’s remarkable achievements in human space flights and space exploration – the greatest adventure that humans have ever undertaken. Discover the exciting history of rocket science and space flight, and learn about some of the most extraordinary accomplishments in space technology. NASA – A Human Adventure is the most comprehensive and extensive touring space flight exhibition in the world, featuring an extraordinary collection of more than 250 historically significant artefacts from the United States and Soviet Union space programs. And tomorrow, on Saturday July 20, be sure to hit Queen Street Mall to celebrate the Moonwalk! Don your NASA t-shirt and be part of the 50th anniversary mash-up of the moonwalk before the clock hits 12:56 pm.
2. TUNE INTO ‘MOON MONTH’ ON FOXTEL
Foxtel are celebrating the moon landing, too, showing the best space-themed movies all July long. This weekend, catch the marathon on Foxtel Movies More that starts with ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ at 6am tomorrow, followed up by ‘First Man’ at 7pm, ‘Gravity’ at 9.25pm and finishing, on Sunday night, with ‘The Martian’ at 7.35pm. If you’re keen to keep the sci-fi action going, catch ‘Astro Boy’ on July 18, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ on July 21, 24 and 29, the first and second ‘Back to the Future’ movies on July 28 and ‘I, Robot’ on July 22. Click here for the full listing.
3. SHOP SOME SPACE-INSPIRED STUFF
- DOIY eclipse chips & dips bowl, $59.95
- Lights4Fun full moon children’s night light, $26.74
- Lime Lace the Space Race kids’ print, $27
- DOIY Houston bottle opener, $39.95
- Yellow Octopus rocket egg mould, $21.99
- NASA ‘I need more space’ notebook, $14.27
- Suck UK space stationery, $17.95
- Yellow Octopus 2-in-1 space projector night light, $25.99
- Suck UK solar system erasers, $14.95
4. READ ABOUT SPACE
‘If you decide to go to the moon’ by Faith McNulty
A gorgeous instruction book on how to get to the moon, this second-person story covers everything from packing (“don’t forget your diary and plenty of food”) to lift-off (“at first you’ll feel heavy; don’t worry”) to traveling through space (where “the moon glows like a pearl in the black, black sky”), before finally landing at the Sea of Tranquility, the site of the first lunar landing.
‘Moonshot: the flight of the Apollo 11’ by Brian Floca
Simply told, grandly shown, this is the flight of Apollo 11 for a new generation of readers and explorers. Click yourself into gloves and your helmet, strap into sideways seats and explore the galaxy in the great machines – depicted in all their detail and monumentality – hearing the roar of rockets, and the silence of the Moon.
‘Sleepy Solar System’ by John Hutton
It’s been a long, busy day in the starry Milky Way. Sleepy, setting Sun calls out, ‘Bedtime, everyone…’. Rhyming text and whimsical illustrations provide an enchanting read-aloud and a celebration of the wonders of outer space, including a map and facts at the end. Sleepy Solar System is certain to send the imagination soaring!
5. THROW AN OUTER-SPACE PARTY
Make hanging moons out of paper plates, stick up glow-in-the-dark stars and lay out your glitteriest black table cloths – a space party is the number one way to celebrate the moon landing! These gorgeous galaxy cupcakes are sure to delight your guests, while these easy alien cupcakes will give them a good laugh. For something savoury, why not make some star-shaped mini pizzas or finger sandwiches using a cookie cutter? For hydration, this galaxy mocktail is just the ticket – but, if you’re looking for something a little simpler, simply label your glasses with ‘rocket fuel’ and they’ll be bang on theme.