Neil Armstrong became the first human to place his foot on the surface of the Moon on 21 July 1969. Our Summer of Space celebrates this great achievement and looks at the huge advancements in technology and the history of aviation that culminated in the Apollo moon landing in 1969.
Here at the Museum, we have an incredibly diverse collection of aircraft that spans the entire history of flight. Our Summer of Space guides you through the history of mankind’s never ending quest to fly higher, further and faster.
- Explore the Museum with our Space Trail and learn more about the entire journey of aviation, Sir George Cayley’s glider, and the Wright Brother’s pioneering flights in the Wright Flyer.
- Beyond two world wars, with biplanes dropping single bombs to our Halifax with the huge heavy bomber weapons of WW2.
- Fascinating facts such as the extremes of temperatures in space and how bitterly cold it could be flying a Halifax WW2 bomber in the dark over occupied Europe in WW2.
- Explore our Cold War Jet collection and find out about the contribution high speed jet flight made to the journey to the moon.
- Take a glimpse at the technology inside our Rolls Royce Olympus jet engine, used to power Concorde and fly passengers supersonic across the Atlantic ocean.
And don’t forget to grab your Apollo 11 astronaut selfies and share them with us on social media – will you be Neil, Buzz or Micheal?
One Giant Leap – 21st July
On the 21st of July 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped out onto the surface of the Moon. His famous words, “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” became legendary.
Join us on the 50th anniversary of that famous day and explore the entire history of flight right here at the Museum. Full details of our own One Giant Leap day can be found here.
If you’re unable to make it to our celebration on 21st of July, don’t despair. We have an entire summer of space themed discovery trails for you to explore around the Museum and fascinating facts about space exploration and how the Museum’s aircraft fitted into this historical journey.