Apollo 11: First Steps Edition photos

All photos courtesy of Statement Pictures for CNN Films/MacGillivray Freeman Films.

Astronauts leave for launchpad

All eyes were on the crew of Apollo 11 - Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Neil Armstrong – as they made their way to the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969. Their mission, designed to put humans on the moon for the first time, is at the center of the new Apollo 11: First Steps Edition giant screen film, which opens on May 17 in the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Omnitheater.

Launch specators

An entire country – and spectators around the world – tuned in to watch the July 1969 launch of Apollo 11, the mission that put humans on the moon for the first time in history. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic mission, the Science Museum of Minnesota will share the Apollo 11: First Steps Edition film with Omnitheater visitors, beginning Friday, May 17.

NASA Executives

In the late 1960s, NASA’s Apollo program set out to put humans on the moon and safely return them to Earth. Its larger goal was to establish the United States as a global leader in space exploration. Much was riding on the launch of Apollo 11, the mission that carried Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins to the moon – and into the annals of history. In this still from the Apollo 11: First Steps Edition film, which premieres on May 17 on the Omnitheater’s domed screen, anxious NASA executives watch the mission’s launch. Never-before-seen scenes like these were uncovered from the National Archives for this brand new look at this remarkable science achievement.

Surface of the moon

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is a brand new giant screen film, created specifically for science centers and museums, that tells the remarkable story of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. The film, which opens in the Omnitheater and nationwide on Friday, May 17, features never-before-seen footage uncovered in the National Archives, giving viewers glimpses of this historic science achievement as they’ve never seen it before.

Aldrin exits the lunar module

On July 20, 1968,Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history as the first humans to walk on the moon. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of this historic moment, the Science Museum of Minnesota will feature Apollo 11: First Steps Edition, a giant screen film that tells this famous story like never before.

Aldrin walks on the moon

Many viewers have seen this iconic moment in human history, but few have seen it in the world’s largest film format. In Apollo 11: First Steps Edition, visitors to the Science Museum of Minnesota’s William L. McKnight-3M Omnitheater will witness the famous 1969 moon landing as they’ve never seen it before, through never-before-seen giant screen footage uncovered from the National Archives. Apollo 11: First Steps Edition makes its Omnitheater and nationwide debut on May 17, 2019.

Footprint

In Apollo 11: First Steps Edition, viewers will explore NASA’s historic moon mission through never-before-seen footage uncovered from the National Archives. The Omnitheater’s 90-foot domed screen is the perfect place for viewers of all ages to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” The film will run in the Omnitheater from May 17 through August 4, 2019.

Earthrise

The Omnitheater’s 90-foot domed screen is an unforgettable place to take in this view of Earth, as seen from the lunar module during the historic Apollo 11 mission. Apollo 11: First Steps Edition premieres in the Omnitheater on May 17, giving viewers a never-before seen glimpse at the mission that culminated in humans walking on the moon, featuring recently-uncovered giant screen footage from the National Archives.

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