Celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary and make history at the Global Rocket Launch event from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., today, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The NASA Visitor Center is partnering with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on a Global Rocket Launch to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

On July 16 the NASA Wallops Visitor Center joins with organizations and individuals from around the world to launch rockets in honor of the mission in which Commander Neil Armstrong took his “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Apollo 11 was launched on July 16, 1969.

Throughout the event, rockets will be launched that count towards the Global Rocket Launch’s goal – to break a world record!

The Wallops event will feature a variety of rocket launch types including air powered, stomp, straw, pop, and water bottles as well as a rocketry presentation and a rocket garden tour. The event will culminate with the launching of 30 model rockets built by the Virginia Space Flight Academy’s summer adventure camp students and counselors.

The Global Rocket Launch event is free and open to the public. Space and supplies are limited; outdoor activities are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

The NASA Visitor Center, located on Va. Rt. 175 about six miles from U. S. Route 13 and five miles from Chincoteague, is open daily in July and August from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is free.