Cosmosphere to celebrate 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Cosmosphere in Hutchinson is planning a week of events leading up to the anniversary.

On July 20, 1969, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo 11 lunar module and became the first men to walk on the moon.

"For us, it is exciting. We're one of the few locations here in the Midwest where people can actually come and see the hardware that took man to the moon and to be able to celebrate the 50th is truly an honor," said Jim Remar, President and CEO of Cosmosphere.

The Cosmosphere has original pieces from the Apollo 11 mission, including components from F-1 engines and moon rock.

"The fact that we have something that powered the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket into space words can't describe how I feel," he said.

There is also a special exhibit that shows the space race between the USSR and the United States.

"This is literally the only gallery in the entire world where you can sit and look at the USSR and their spacecraft and compare it to the United States and the space race literally unfolds before you," said Remar. 

The Cosmosphere will also host a free community event on the anniversary. The "Landing on the Lawn" event to celebrate Apollo 11 will be held at Hutchinson Community College, Saturday, July 20th, 6-11:30 p.m.

For a list of the events at the Cosmosphere, click here.

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