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Man Steps on the Moon – 50 Years Ago! Explore the History of the Apollo Space Program at the Manitoba Museum


Winnipeg, MB (May 16, 2019): This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon. To celebrate this galactic accomplishment, the Planetarium is opening a brand new show,  CapCom Go: The Apollo Story. It opens May 18 at noon and runs through the summer.

Cap Com Go! begins by exploring the Moon as we see it from Earth – with its changing phases, which provided early civilizations with their first calendar. Views through early telescopes showed the Moon covered in craters, mountains, and flat dark areas that were believed to be seas (“mare” in Latin). This earth-bound view sets the stage for more direct exploration, and names some lunar locations, which become very important – the Ocean of Storms; the Lunar Apennine Mountains; the Sea of Tranquility.

The Apollo Story continues with the early days of the space race, as the two superpowers of the Cold War competed for technological supremacy. Finally, the audience rides along with Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on that first moon landing in July 1969, culminating with the “one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind,” but which almost ended in disaster.

The Apollo program inspired a generation with its bold exploration and amazing scientific and engineering spin-offs that still power our world today. See Cap Com Go! The Apollo Story and look back on past accomplishments and forward to the future of human exploration. May 18 is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 10. The Museum will be announcing additional celebrations for the 50th-anniversary date of the Apollo 11 first moon landing of July 20. The Museum is grateful to Pattison Outdoor for media sponsorship of CapCom Go: The Apollo Story

Why “CapCom”? In the early days of space exploration, the spacecraft was nothing more than a capsule in which the astronaut sat. The person who talked to the astronaut from Mission Control was the Capsule Communicator, or “CapCom.” The name stuck and is still used today for the person who talks to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

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For interviews or more information, contact:
Jody Tresoor
Communications Specialist, Manitoba Museum
w: 204-988-0614 c: 204-228-2374
[email protected]