Airing July 20 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Looking for a “cool” way to celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary on July 20? Join SMoW and beat the heat in July by coming in to see The Day We Walked on the Moon, a Smithsonian Channel documentary that marks the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the lunar surface with interviews from key figures in Mission Control, contemporary astronauts, and the families of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. This Smithsonian Channel film will air at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. throughout the day on July 20 in SMoW’s Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Theater/Auditorium and also every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. through Aug. 2019. Museum admission is required to view the film and also includes the full museum tour featuring Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon, an exclusive-to-SMoW exhibition specifically created to celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary. It features artwork by Paul Calle, who was an official NASA Artist and was there the morning of July 16, 1969, the day of Apollo 11 liftoff, sketching various activities including breakfast, suiting up and the walk-out to the space craft. The SMoW exhibition showcases an entire section of Calle’s NASA artwork including The Great Moment, an eight-foot-wide depiction of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, the 1969 First Man on the Moon stamp design and sketches from the famed morning of liftoff.