Movie and Astronomy: Maritime Aquarium to Screen IMAX "Apollo 11" and Telescope Viewing of the Moon

Re-live the first moon landing (larger than life via IMAX) and then explore the night’s full moon (magnified through telescopes) as The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk hosts a special movie-and-astronomy evening event on Tues., July 16.

July 16 is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, and there happens to be a full moon that night. So The Maritime Aquarium is inviting guests to enjoy the spectacular new IMAX movie “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition” at 8 p.m., followed by a moon viewing on the Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard led by the astronomy team of New Pond Farm in Redding.

“Come see the movie, and understand what an incredible achivement it was in 1969 to send three men 238,000 miles through space to land on the moon and to safely return,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s spokesman. “And then join us out back for a close at the moon, bright and full as it rises in the east sky. We’ll look for the Sea of Tranquility, the landing site of Apollo 11.”

With never-before-seen 70mm footage and newly discovered audio recordings, “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition” reconstructs the Apollo 11 mission in seat-gripping detail: the final preparations, countdown, liftoff, moon landing and splashdown return. The movie has no narration; for its 47 minutes, audiences follow the mission just as the entire world watched it unfold during those incredible eight days in 1969.

“Apollo 11: First Steps Edition” is 47 minutes long and plays in Connecticut’s largest IMAX Theater, with a screen that’s six stories tall. Here’s its trailer:

Tickets for the July 16 event are $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors (65+), and $10 for children (3-12). Aquarium admission is not included. The astronomy portion is weather-permitting.

Besides the evening screening on July 16, “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition” plays at 1 & 4 p.m. daily from July 1-Labor Day, with one additional exception: on Sat., July 20 (the 50th anniversary of the moon landing), “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition” will be the only film to play in the IMAX Theater.

Also, now through Labor Day, all guests in the Aquarium’s IMAX Theater can view a special display of memorabilia relating to the Apollo 11 mission. The collection includes a book autographed by Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, as well as a small piece of the moon itself: part of a lunar meteorite found on Earth. Also displayed are newspapers from the day, buttons and patches, View-Master® slides, spacecraft models, NASA documents, booklets and other items from the infamous giant leap for mankind.

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