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Albert Lea commemorates 50th anniversary of 1969 moon launch

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) – Tuesday marks 50 years since Apollo 11 launched from Kennedy Space Center, eventually landing on the moon.

To commemorate the historic day, the Albert Lea public library put on a special event for kid and adults.

More than 100 people attended this 50th anniversary celebration for the moon landing.

Kids did crafts and activities to start, some trivia, and learned a few facts about life back in 1969. They also watched a video of Apollo 11’s journey from earth to the moon.

Monday’s festivities were aimed at getting kids excited about outer space and space exploration.

“The landing on the moon was a huge event for American and the world in general in space travel and it really kind of brought our space program to what it is today,” said Assistant Library Director Annice Sevett. “So it’s really important for kids to understand how it happened, why we went to the moon, what we learned from it, and how it kind of informed the space program going forward.”

Following the July 16 launch, Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20.
The three astronauts on board: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.

Sevett says anyone wanting to learn more about the landmark event, can check out any of the several books about the moon landing or space in general from the Albert Lea public Library.

Sarah Gannon

Sarah Gannon

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