50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing June 27, 2019 – Posted in: Book News

On 16th July 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins boarded the most powerful rocket ever made – the Saturn V – and blasted off into space on the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon. The astronauts flew the incredible 240,000 mile journey over four days and Neil Armstrong then guided their Lunar Module – the Eagle – safely onto the surface. Neil’s words “The Eagle Has Landed” marked the start of humankind’s greatest achievement, we had landed on the Moon!

The moment when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin opened the door of the Eagle and stepped onto the moon’s surface announcing “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” on the 21st July 1969 was watched on television by around 530 million people. The event ignited a global fascination and passion for space and space travel which continues to this day.

On the 21st July 2019 we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing. There will widespread events across our national observatory centres and science museums, many of which are listed here on the Go Stargazing website.  The BBC have also created an extensive educational schedule of programmes to mark the occasion.

To make sure you feel well equipped to celebrate this in school with your class we have put together our edit of books on the subject. The lists include both fiction and non fiction and are divided into Ks1 and KS2.

Scroll down to see our highlights plus a link to the complete lists below.