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UWM Planetarium Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Moon Landing

Jason Rieve
Tom Luljak with Jean Creighton.

This month we celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of history’s greatest moments: the first time mankind stepped foot on the moon. It happened July 20, 1969, when U.S. Astronaut Neil Armstrong, part of the Apollo 11 crew, took the first moon walk ever.

On this edition of UWM Today, we look back at that day a half century ago when the world heard the words ”The Eagle has landed.” Joining us in the studio is Jean Creighton, an astrophysicist at UW-Milwaukee who runs the Manfred Olson Planetarium on campus. We talk about what the moon landing has meant for us, and also get details about a special celebration the planetarium is holding July 20 to commemorate the event.

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Tom Luljak is the vice chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.