Landing Apollo 11 on the Moon was a watershed event for humanity. But, the Apollo program required unprecedented engineering innovations so that Neil Armstrong could take that fateful first step.

Learn about the unique challenges of building a system to dock two spacecraft while in orbit, transit to the Moon, land on its surface and return safely in a special Apollo panel presentation.

Panelists include Don Travis, tracking and communication; Ed Smith, Guidance, navigation and vehicle control, and Harry Erwin.

Learn more about lunar science in our Starship Gallery, home to our Lunar Sample Vault with a Moon rock you can touch, the Apollo 17 spacecraft, a lunar rover and more!