COCOA - The Alan Parsons Live Project will be headlining a concert sponsored by Budweiser in Cocoa on Saturday July 13 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11. The concert will be opened by the band Edison’s Children, which includes Rick Armstrong – the son of Neil Armstrong, the first person to ever set foot on the Moon. The concert will be part of multiple events occurring in the area, and across the nation, to celebrate the historic mission.
In July of 1969, the Apollo 11 mission launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida and marked the beginning an undertaking that culminated President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 charge to safely send Americans into space, land on the moon and return them to earth. On July 16, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, leaving Earth for the moon.
On July 20, the crew achieved orbit around the moon, landed, walked on the surface, planted the United States flag and collected rock samples. On July 21, the crew set out from the Moon to return to Earth, landing in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, where they were recovered and brought home to the United States by the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Hornet.
The mission was a historic success and a marker for human progress. It was during Apollo 11 that Neil Armstrong, upon disembarking the Lunar Module, Eagle, stated, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” While on the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin also planted the United States flag, capturing the moment with salutes to mark the American accomplishment. Upon detaching from the Moon, the United States left behind a plaque on the ladder of the Eagle that reads, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”
Tammy Sudler, CEO of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, who is helping to spearhead the events celebrating Apollo 11 in Central Florida, affirms the historic significance of the anniversary and the community’s lending to the success stating, “Apollo 11 was a success because many people across this nation, and more specifically within the Space Coast community, were not afraid to dare and believed we could do the impossible. This week we both celebrate history and say thank you for achieving the impossible 50 years ago.”
She also notes that leaders across the community are working to ensure this anniversary is captured as local heritage saying,
“We are excited to have Budweiser as our premier sponsor for the concert, which will bring the Alan Parsons Live Project and Edison’s Children to perform locally for the public and space community," Ms. Sudler said.
The July 13 concert will be free to the general public and take place at River Front Park on Riveredge Boulevard in Cocoa, Florida. Seating will begin at 5 p.m. and the concert will start at 6 p.m. There will be VIP tickets and reserved seating tickets available. VIP tickets are $150 and reserved seating is $50.
For more information, call 407-362-7900 or visit www.astronautscholarship.org/celebratingapollo.