NASA Wallops Visitor Center and Virginia Space Flight Academy Kickoff Apollo’s 50th Anniversary at the Movies on Friday, March 29, 2019 Join the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and the Virginia Space Flight Academy for an Apollo-themed movie night, the first of many events planned in 2019 in celebration of Apollo’s 50th Anniversary. Through December 2022, NASA will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program that landed a dozen astronauts on the Moon between July 1969 and December 1972 and our first crewed mission – Apollo 8 – that circumnavigated the Moon in December 1968. Today, NASA is working to return astronauts to the Moon to test technologies and techniques for the next giant leaps – challenging missions to Mars and other destinations in deep space. The event will begin at the Chincoteague Island Arts Organization’s Annex with Apollo and Moon-themed activities for children and adults followed by a showing of the film “Apollo 13” at the Island Theatre. From 5:00 – 6:45 p.m., explore Earth’s Moon and learn about NASA’s past Apollo missions and future plans to return to the Moon at the Annex through free activities that include a moon-phase Oreo activity, building moon-phase calculators, and watching footage from the Apollo landings. Participants can also learn how to participate in an Apollo and Moon-themed Youth Art Contest and summer space camp. The movie, sponsored by the Virginia Space Flight Academy, will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Island Theatre located next to the Annex and will include a reading of “In Case of a Disaster” by the Chincoteague Island Theatre Company and remarks about Apollo’s 50th Anniversary by a NASA representative. The pre-movie activities in the Annex are free and open to the public. Movie tickets can be purchased on the day of the event for $5 per person.