BOSTON - If you have been anywhere in Boston during the past week, then there is a good chance you have seen some sort of advertisement, billboard or otherwise, for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing that was held at the JFK Library. The JFK Library was a natural place to host such an event, as President John F. Kennedy spearheaded the American space race. The moon landing is associated with many iconic quotes throughout history, including “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” most famously. But it is also well-known for JFK’s quote, “We choose to go to space. Not because it is easy, but because it is hard.” Without that famous quote, who knows if the moon landing would have ever actually come to fruition?
The events at the JFK Library began by honoring the descendants of women from Massachusetts who were involved in installing copper into the Apollo Guidance Computer all those years ago and many more people involved in NASA made appearances at the ceremony throughout the day. Among those in attendance were astronaut Daniel Burbank, NASA engineer Su Curley, and the director of the JFK Library, Alan Price.
Additionally, many involved at the JFK Library played their part in passing down the stories, experiences, and education to the younger generation. There was a host of activities suitable for children to learn about the moon landing, including video games themed around rocket launches virtual reality apps for their phone that also worked in conjunction with telescopes. All in all, it was a great way to spend the day by honoring all of the Massachusetts residents who helped make such a giant leap for mankind half a century ago.