Relive the momentous experience. FREE!

Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21, 2019, in New York & Los Angeles

Eight years after President Kennedy committed the country to the goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade, NASA fulfilled that mission on July 20, 1969 with more than a half a billion people watching live around the world. The Paley Center honors this historic achievement by screening the first hour of the moon walk, along with two documentaries and a scripted program that illuminate the enduring legacy of our first journey to the moon.


Screenings are FREE and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance ticketing.

The Paley Center for Media in New York
25 West 52 Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.
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The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles
465 N. Beverly Drive, at S. Santa Monica Blvd.
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Highlights from the Paley Archive

12:15 and 4:15 pm
Epic Journey of Apollo 11: Moonwalk

Here is what the world was watching live the evening of July 20, 1969. History is made when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, one at a time, climb out of the lunar module and walk on the moon. This momentous segment ends with the astronauts placing an American flag on the lunar surface, which Aldrin described as “magnificent desolation.” (CBS; 1969; 52 min.)

1:15 pm
The Day They Landed; July 20, 1969

The documentary special was produced on the ten-year anniversary of the moon landing, creating a concise history of the US Space program. There are interviews from all three Apollo 11 astronauts and other figures from the era reflecting on the significance of the landing. (NBC; 1979; 60 min.)

2:15 pm
From the Earth to the Moon: Mare Tranquilitatis

Part 6 of a twelve part series, the episode presents the Apollo 11 mission through the lens of Buzz Aldrin, played by a pre-Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston. (HBO; 1998; 56 min.)

3:15 pm
ABC News Special: Infinite Horizons: Space Beyond Apollo

For fans of science, both fact and fiction, this special provides a fascinating look into the future of space travel with topics ranging from lunar colonies to intergalactic travel. Hosted by acclaimed science fiction writer Ray Bradbury with an appearance from Isaac Asimov, the program presents a look at both the future of space exploration and what the U.S. of late seventies thought about that future. (ABC; 1979; 60 min.)


Photo credit: Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong; image credit: NASA