BREVARD COUNTY — The moon landing had not only a huge impact on the world, it also put Brevard County on the map.
As Kennedy Space Center prepares for a huge celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, a weeklong series of events hosted by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation are scheduled along the Space Coast.
“I think the Space Coast community is one of the few communities that embraced the space program in such a magnitude,” said Tammy Sudler, president and CEO of the ASF. “Everyone you talk to on the Space Coast has been touched or affected in some way by the space program. It is the core of what the community is about.”
When Neil Armstrong uttered his most famous words, the Space Coast was forever cemented worldwide to be the must-see destination where an incredible journey of three men to the moon took place.
Although some of the scheduled events are sold out (or nearing), the ASF will also host free events that are open to the public.
An Astronaut Parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. with an after street party following at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13 at Cocoa Beach.
The parade will kick off at 4th Street North and wind its way south on Orlando Avenue, ending at 1st Street South.
Participating astronauts in the parade will include Al Worden, Rick Hauck, Anna Fisher, Jerry Ross, Bill Nelson, Jim Wetherbee, Bob Cabana, Bruce Melnick, Frank Culbertson, Andy Allen, Curt Brown, Stephen Robinson, Scott Altman, Kay Hire and Chris Ferguson.
Mrs. Sudler added that the families of the Apollo 11 astronauts will also be in attendance to represent their father’s legacies.
On Saturday evening, a free outdoor concert is scheduled at Cocoa Riverfront Park, 401 Riveredge Blvd. The concert will feature Edison’s Children, which includes Neil Armstrong’s son Rick on guitar, as the opening band, and the Alan Parsons Project as headliner.
While the concert on Saturday, July 13 is free, an upgrade for reserved seating is available for $50. Tickets for upgraded seating, however, is limited as of time at press.
Limited tickets are also still available for the “Families of Apollo Brunch & Panel Discussion” from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 14 at Courtyard by Marriott, 3435 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach.
A “Women in Space” panel is free and open to the public to attend from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 14 at Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach.