Moon Landing 50 Celebrations in Iraq
17 July 2019
Image from the "50th anniversary of human landing on the moon" Event on 17 July at the Al-Muthanna University - College of Science in Iraq.
Credit: Ali Jaber Al-Edhari
The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing is being celebrating with activities in Iraq.
A workshop was held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of human landing on the Moon at the Faculty of Science, Al-Muthanna University (Al-Muthanna, Iraq) on 17 July. The workshop was attended by a large number of researchers, professors, students and those interested in astronomy. The workshop took place from from 9 am to 5 pm, featuring various lectures and discussions. Some of the video clips were shown during the event, such as the first landing on the moon, as well as the call made by late U.S. President Richard Nixon from the White House to astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
Activities were also held in Erbil, Iraq. The "Magnificent Planet Jupiter's Night" event on 14 July sought to highlight the goals in the important role of Astronomy for development, education and outreach. This event was open for the and included observations of Jupiter and its moons. An activity was also organized as part of the global On the Moon Again event, during which the Association Of Young Astronomy (AOYA) displayed a telescope in a crowded public location in Erbil for passers to enjoy observations of the Moon.