Many Inspired Steps


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  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

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Many Inspired Steps

Many Inspired Steps

1969-2019: 50 years since one small step

January 1 – December 31, 2019

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon with "one small step." It was the crowning achievement of an endeavor that goes back centuries. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with a walk through history, from the mythology of Icarus's flight to mankind's conquest of the air and space. Many Inspired Steps tells the story of that endeavor through informational displays that feature NASA images, quotes, historical information, and more.

The installation, included with the price of admission, will be displayed along the ramp surrounding the Sudekum Planetarium.

Apollo 11 fast facts:


Neil Armstrong, Commander (left)
Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot (middle)
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Lunar Module Pilot (right)


Saturn V, launch vehicle 
Columbia (CSM-107), command & service module
Eagle (LM-5), lunar module

Launch & Moon Landing

Launched July 16, 1969, from Kennedy Space Center, Launch Complex 39A. Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin landed on the Sea of Tranquility (Mare Tranquillitatis) on July 20, 1969, at 4:17pm (EDT). 

Moon Exploration 

Armstrong's first step was taken July 20, 1969, at 10:56pm (EDT). The crew spent a total of 2 hours, 31 minutes on the Moon's surface outside Eagle, and a total of 21 hours, 38 minutes, 21 seconds on Moon's surface. Eagle's liftoff from the Moon was July 21, 1969.


Columbia returned to Earth on July 24, 1969, and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. Their total mission duration was 8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes, 35 seconds.

Learn the stories behind these images in Many Inspired Steps




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“Many Inspired Steps” was organized by Thomas A. Lesser who has donated the exhibition
and is distributed by Audio Visual Imagineering, Inc. which has donated the distribution of the exhibition to Adventure Science Center.