Planetarium recalls importance of local connection in Apollo 11 landing

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RENO, NV. (KOLO) Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of a monumental moment in human history.

The Apollo 11 landing took place on July 20, 1969, and that is when Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.

Fleischmann planetarium director Paul McFarlane has studied the history of that mission, and says there is an important local connection that should not be forgotten.

“At the Nevada Field Laboratory they were testing the rockets used to land on the moon, and Without the testing that was done at that facility those rockets might not have worked,” he explained.

McFarlane says the site, located in Palomino, is on private property, but even though you can’t visit it, that doesn’t mean it didn’t serve a critical purpose.

“Janet Armstrong said that she knew Neil Armstrong could land on the moon but she wasn’t sure if the rockets would fire and they could return home,” McFarlane continued. “But thanks to the work done at the Nevada Field Laboratory we did bring them home safely and that’s a direct connection that we in Nevada can be very proud of.”

There will be a variety of events going on to commemorate the anniversary on Saturday, for the complete list, click here.

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