Central Valley celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon


RIVERDALE, California.– People from all over the state and nation made their way to the Central Valley on Saturday to celebrate the historic Apollo 11 by launching rockets of their own.

Tripoli Central California (TCC), one of the largest rocket clubs in California, meets every month to shoot off rockets but this month’s event was extra special because it fell on the actual anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.

“Everyone has a story about when the man landed on the moon,” said TCC President James Dougherty. “I think there were people who even said ‘hey there was a man on the moon.’ “

A historic day never forgotten, especially by those who celebrated with the club by launching model Saturn rockets of their own.

“There is always an anticipation on whether it is going to fly or crash,” said participant Scott Yow.

Participant Gary Walker even created a rocket 1/40th of the scale of the original Saturn-V from Apollo 11.

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