Zoom, Zoom, Zoom…We’re Going to the Moon!

Co-author Theresa

This July 21 marks the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing. The moment Astronaut Neil Armstrong placed his foot on the moon and recited the historic phrase “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind,” there was celebration in communities around the world. While this was a “space race” to get to the moon, there were many who recognized this opportunity as a turning point for space exploration and inspired the belief that with hard work, anything is possible.

In 1969, NASA put a man on the moon but space exploration has not slowed down. There are inhabited research stations orbiting the Earth now and robotic crafts venturing to far-reaching planets to investigate our solar system. They even have rovers taking selfies on Mars!

Ways to Celebrate

All over the Bay Area people are celebrating the 50th anniversary and San Mateo County Libraries are doing their part. The libraries are hosting a variety of moon and space-themed events for the whole family to join, but don't just stop there! Use our museum passes to get discounted tickets to see the U.S.S. Hornet, opens a new window, which recovered the astronauts from the ocean after their splashdown, or explore photos and videos from the Apollo missions on NASA’s website, opens a new window.

Learn More About Apollo 11

Apollo 11 Mission

The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon


Moon Landing

Moon Landing


The Far Side of the Moon

Shoot for the Moon

Team Moon

Continue the Moon-Themed Fun With Stories


Midnight on the Moon


A Big Mooncake for Little Star

Spaced Out


Kitten's First Full Moon

Long Night Moon

Max and the Tag-along Moon

Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky

Are you celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first human setting foot on the moon? Let us know your plans below!