The 50th Anniversary of the moon landing happens next year - July 20, 2019. For those of us old enough to remember, it was a remarkable time. Apollo 11 was launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Neil Armstrong, Mission Commander and subsequently the first person to walk on the moon, was joined by Buzz Aldrin - Lunar Module Pilot and Michael Collins - Command Module Pilot.
What you may not know is that a small town in Northern Arizona played a significant part in this story. Flagstaff proved to be the ideal location for preparing astronauts for the moon. In fact, every one of the 12 astronauts who eventually walked on the moon trained in Flagstaff. The rocky depths of the Grand Canyon and the cosmic views from Flagstaff’s dark skies provided the ideal place for lunar buggy testing, geology training, mission simulations and moon mapping.
Fifty years on and Flagstaff is in full celebration with events, activities, exhibits, lunar trail, lectures, book signings, demonstrations, lunar photography and guided hikes from now through next July. Even restaurants and bars are getting in the swing with moon-themed dishes and drinks.
There has never been a better time to visit Flagstaff, especially for those interested in space exploration. Walk in the footsteps of the best known US astronauts, visit test sites and the telescopes at Lowell Observatory and see an actual moon rover.
Thanks to our friends in Flagstaff, we have a few commemorative newspapers and other goodies to share. If you'd like to receive them - just drop us a line.
To include Flagstaff's Lunar Legacy Trail as part of your tailor-made holiday to North America contact the experts at Bon Voyage, or for holiday suggestions click here.
PS.....the film also stars the amazing English actress Claire Foy as Neil's wife.