The Aldrin Family Foundation and The People’s Picture invited the world to participate in the historic celebration of the first Moon landing with family friendly educational activities on the ground in Times Square NYC and by becoming a part of a giant mosaic from Apollo and enjoying Giant Mars Map™ program and a new Giant Moon Map™ by the Aldrin Family Foundation. A free family celebration honored the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest achievements of all time – landing a human on the Moon. City, state and national partners came together to help transform the heart of New York City into Tranquility Base, the Apollo 11 landing site. From fun-filled educational activities to iconic footage from 1969 on the infamous Times Square screens to a giant Apollo photo mosaic boot print, families celebrated this historic milestone.
Walk on the Moon – Guests walked on a giant, floor-based mosaic of the iconic Moon boot print created by UK Artist Helen Marshall of The People’s Picture, co-produced by Prolific Graphics The mosaic will be populated with photos from people around the world sharing their “giant leap” moments and dreams, as well as memories from Apollo 11. Some of these photos made their way to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as a permanent digital display.
Educational Activities – The Aldrin Family Foundation displayed the signature Giant Mars Map™ program and a new Giant Moon Map™ . There were special robotic and educational activities on the maps hosted by the Aldrin Family Foundation to teach kids about the history of past lunar landings and future space exploration plans.
Historical Footage – Discovery Channel provided the video content to help guests relive key moments from the July 16, 1969, Saturn V rocket launch, as well the July 20, 1969, Moon landing and first steps. Historical footage, along with videos promoting future space missions, were broadcasted throughout the day over select digital screens in Times Square. Clear Channel Outdoor, Nasdaq and Champ Sports generously donated screen time in Times Square and Clear Channel Outdoor also donated space in select locations on billboards across the country. In London the historical moon landing footage was show simultaneously on London Piccadilly Lights. Screen generously donated by LandSec and Ocean Outdoor. In Singapore the moon landing content was also shown simultaneously at the Art Science Museum in Marina Bay.
Astronaut meet and greet opportunities, an augmented reality app provided by AstroReality teaches guests about the six Apollo lunar landings and much more.
A giant mosaic of the iconic Moon boot print was situated the Marriott Marquis, allowing people to “walk on the Moon”. Shuttle Astronauts Winston Scott and Nicole Stott were also on site sharing their Moon memories and talking to the children.