Celebrate Long Island’s Significant Contribution and Role in Landing Man on the Moon
Did you know that Long Island was one of the most important regions in the country involved in the success of landing man on the moon? From 1961 to 1972, Grumman employees, designed, assembled and tested the Apollo Lunar Modules that successfully landed 12 men on the moon between 1969-1972.
Apollo 17 - Commander Gene Cernan is working at the Lunar Rover during EVA-3. Photo taken by Harrison Schmitt, Lunar Module Pilot.
In all, Grumman built ten Lunar Modules, seven of which went into space and three that remain here on earth. One is at the Kennedy Space Center, one at the Smithsonian Museum and the third is here at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Long Island and Grumman’s role in the Apollo program is the focus of the Cradle of Aviation Museum’s celebration, “Countdown to Apollo at 50”.
- New Exhibit - Space: A Journey to Our Future through August 2019
- Museum Visits from Astronauts, Scientists and Aerospace Professionals
- Live Astronomy Shows for all ages in our Full Dome Planetarium
- Film Screenings with special guests
- School Competitions and Contests
- Space Summer Camps
- Fun Contests for Kids
NASA Engineer, Kobie Boykins, reflects on the Apollo program.
Countdown to Apollo Event Calendar
“Countdown to Apollo at 50” is a monumental program as it celebrates one of the greatest achievements in U.S. history. Long Island’s role in Apollo’s success cannot be denied and must be underscored to our children. We invite everyone to come and celebrate the amazing work accomplished right here on Long Island and we hope that it inspires future generations.” - Andrew Parton, Executive Director, Cradle of Aviation Museum