Appanoose County 4-H is excited to partner with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., on a Global Rocket Launch to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

On July 16, Appanoose County 4-H joins with organizations and individuals from around the world to launch model rockets in honor of the mission in which Commander Neil Armstrong took his “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Official Visitor Center of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and home to Space Camp, set the date of the Global Rocket Launch to coincide with the date the Huntsville-developed Saturn V moon rocket launched from Cape Canaveral carrying Commander Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin to the moon. The Apollo 11 mission brought the world closer together in a moment of celebration for mankind’s monumental achievement, and the Rocket Center is partnering with groups from around the world to bring that sense of unity and accomplishment forward with the Global Rocket Launch.

Appanoose County 4-H’s rocket launch will take place during the Appanoose County Fair on July 16 at 6:30 p.m. The Appanoose County 4-H Program is hoping for this to be a fun youth-centered event and all are welcome to attend.

For the Global Rocket Launch, participants are encouraged to share photos and videos of their experience with the world by including #GlobalRocketLaunch on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

For more information on the Global Rocket Launch here in Appanoose County, contact Courtney Chapman, County Youth Coordinator at cchapman@iastate.edu or at 641-856-3885.

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