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Tulsa area events to mark Apollo 11 moon landing anniversary

Posted at 12:47 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 09:37:54-04

TULSA — There are several local events marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this weekend.

The Tulsa Air and Space Museum is celebrating the anniversary with a brand new "Apollo Missions" exhibit, which opened Thursday. Mayor G.T. Bynum opened the exhibit by planting a flag, just like the astronauts did on the moon back in 1969.

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The exhibit highlights local contributions to the famous mission, and includes a full-scale replica of the Apollo Command Module. You can see it for yourself through Nov. 30.

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The Jenks Planetarium is launching a special moon landing event on Saturday. The celebration is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third floor.

There will be two new shows about the wonders of space in the dome created by Jenks staff and students. You'll also be able to take a look through their solar telescopes.

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The Tulsa Rocketry Club is shooting for the moon with a launch of their own.

Over the last few weeks, members created a seven and a half foot tall model of the Saturn-5 rocket, which they plan to fly on Saturday.

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The model rocket is designed to reach nearly 2,000 feet in the air before parachuting back down to earth.

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