The Friends of Land Between the Lakes invite everyone to join them aan Apollo 11 Celebration- “One Small Step,” a observance of the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, 10 am to 10 pm, on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory.  The Planetarium is located at 238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond, Kentucky, inside Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

It has been fifty years since NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke to our nation and the world: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed. Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.”

The Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory will celebrate this human accomplishment and look forward to a Mars landing with special programming throughout the day, which includes:

Visitor Center/Planetarium celebration 10 am – 4 pm

Activities for children: “Make your own moon” at the craft table.
Apollo 11 documentaries and news reels running intermittently in the
planetarium theater.
Various progressive Saturn V rocket models, including 40-inch Saturn V Lego
model and Apollo 11 Lunar Lander Lego model.

Planetarium Shows 10 am – 4 pm

$6 ages 13 and up;$3.50 ages 5 -12; free ages 4 and under
Laser Legends of the Night Sky
Wildest Weather in the Solar System – made possible by Murray State University’s Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Back to the Moon for Good – made possible by CFSB
EXPLORE – made possible by area chapters of Rotary International District 6710
From Earth to the Universe
Earth, Moon & Sun

Laser Shows, all seats $8

Laser Zeppelin, 5:30 pm
Laser Beatles, 7 pm
Wildest Weather in the Solar System, 8 pm

Observatory celebration 4 pm – 10 pm

Solar viewing through various telescopes, equipped with safe solar filters
Observatory open, hosted by West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers
Historical timeline display of Moon landing

Summer Star Party after dark, weather permitting Featuring Jupiter and Saturn

Planetarium Manager Bill Futrell said “We are happy and honored to celebrate this all-important, pivotal moment in human history. It’s an opportunity to meet real astronomers and participate in special activities and programs unlike anything else in the region. We will honor the half million men and women who worked on the Apollo program. Their hard work and dedication led to this great triumph of the human spirit.”

About the Friends of Land Between the Lakes

The Land Between The Lakes Association (Friends of Land Between the Lakes) is the non-profit partner of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, USDA Forest Service. Its mission is to work with public and private stakeholders to educate, improve, promote, conserve and provide stewardship for the Land Between the Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area. More information is available at It is supported through business and personal memberships, gift shop sales and other contributions.

Looking for more fun things to do?  Make sure you visit our Calendar of Events page and our Area Attractions page.