Apollo took mankind to the moon. This happened 50 years ago and it was (and still is) amazing. I was reminiscing about those adventures and anticipating those of the future. Twelve people have walked on the moon. Imagine what it was like to take that first step, to walk where nobody had walked before, and to uncover unknown secrets. The mission was a great success and brought back 842 pounds of moon rock. December marked the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s launch – our first manned mission to the moon – and three days later it orbited the moon. Although every mission is significant, the pinnacle was the landing of Apollo 11. July will be 50 years after that giant leap for mankind by Neil Armstrong onto the moon’s surface.

Public night is the first Friday of each month, sunset to 10 p.m. The moon will not be visible then but is easy to observe when it is up: humbleisd.net/observatory.

Aaron Clevenson
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I am the observatory director at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD. I am also an adjunct astronomy professor at Lone Star College-Montgomery where I teach solar system astronomy and stars and galaxies astronomy. I am the author of the astronomy textbook, “Astronomy for Mere Mortals.” I am a past president of the North Houston Astronomy Club, and was the chair of Astronomy Day in Southeast Texas in 2015 and 2016. He is an observing program director with The Astronomical League, coordinates their Master Observer Progression Awards, and has authored six of their observing programs.