50 years ago, on Sunday, July 20, 1969, at 3:17 p.m. Houston Time, The Apollo 11 Lunar Module touched down on the surface of the moon. Neil Armstrong became the first person to step on any celestial body other than Earth. He was followed by only 11 other people. The objective of that mission was to prove that humans could walk on the moon and return to Earth safely. It was the successful culmination of a challenge stated by President John F. Kennedy that we would achieve this within 10 years.

Many of us were not yet born. Some of us were just children. I remember being at home with my parents, watching history unfold on our black-and-white television as science fiction became reality.

To see the moon and other celestial wonders, come to the Insperity Observatory for Public Night on the first Friday of each month from sunset to 10 p.m.: 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.