THE first manned mission to land on the moon took place 50 years ago this month.

Crewed by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who would go down in history as the first humans to set foot on another planetary body, Apollo 11 touched down on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969.

They returned to Earth on July 24, splashing down into the Pacific Ocean after more than 8 days in space.

And in celebration of the anniversary, Madley Environmental Study Centre will be holding an Astronomy and Space Science event.

The day will feature talks, activities for children and a range of incredible exhibits including moon rocks collected on the Apollo missions, an Apollo space suit, and meteorites.

The 'A Giant Leap' event will be open from 11am to 4.30pm on July 13. To book, visit

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