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Nation commemorates Apollo 11 anniversary

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 20:34:50-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It was a monumental moment in American history when 50 years ago the Apollo 11 spacecraft left earth, carrying three astronauts who would be the first men to ever make it to the moon.

The mission marked a milestone in space exploration history and set the United States ahead in "space race."

At the Adventure Science Center in Nashville on Tuesday they were marking the occasion by teaching the next generation of kids about the historic mission.

"For folks born in the last 50 years this may not be such a tangible memory for them," said Derrick Rohl who manages the planetarium at the science center.

Rohl says they are hoping a new generation of elementary and middle school students who were visiting on Tuesday would be inspired by Apollo 11.

"We hope they see that experience and science where they can picture themselves going into one of these fields someday."