NASA Wallops commemorates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 launch

WALLOPS ISLAND, VA. – On July 16th, 1969 a rocket carrying three men took off towards the moon.

It was a historic moment not only for our country, but for the world.

While the Apollo 11 rocket didn’t take off from NASA Wallops, the Flight Facility did play an important role in making it happen.

Keith Koehler, a Public Information Officer for NASA said, “The original testing of the mercury space capsule in order to fly them into the moon, the testing of that, the escape system for that was done here.”

On Tuesday, the NASA Wallops Flight Facility did something pretty extraordinary to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

Rebecca Hudson, the Communications Lead at NASA Wallops explained, “This little thing we’re doing here at the Visitors Center, this will be a history maker in terms of making a world record for the most rockets launched at a single time.”

Bruce Scott, a volunteer said, “I’ve been involved in launching a lot of rockets around the world but yeah, making a world record today on the 50th anniversary, that’s super.”

The world record attempt attracted people of all ages…from those who watched the launch themselves, to those who want to become rocket scientists themselves one day.

A little boy named Soran said, “My grand goal would be to get onto Mars.”

This event was one small step for man, and perhaps one giant leap for the future of mankind.

NASA Wallops partnered with visitors centers and public groups across the country to make this world record happen.

NASA tells us they plan to send two people to the moon once again in the year 2024.

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