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Tomball celebrates Anniversary of Moon Landing July 20

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“Houston, the Eagle has landed . . .”

It’s been 50-years since Apollo 11 and its crew landed on the moon in July 1969. In honor of that historic achievement, member cities of “Visit Houston & Beyond” across the Houston area will be hosting a variety of activities and exhibits in July.

The City of Tomball will be celebrating the lunar landing on weekends throughout the month with two NASA themed dioramas, educational videos, a display of Apollo mission patches and more at the historic 1907 Railroad Depot Museum.

One diorama represents the Apollo 11 landing on the moon’s surface at Tranquility Base with an accompanying video timeline, photos and a personal message from Astronauts currently onboard the International Space Station.  The second diorama pays tribute to the little known NASA Railroad that played an integral part in the manned space program at Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida from the early years through the end of the Space Shuttle program.  This exhibit is supported by photos from the NASA archives and a short video documenting the accomplishments of the railway which ended its primary mission with the final flight of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

On Saturday, July 20th guests will receive free Astronaut ice cream sandwiches while supplies last.  Depot mascot Rusty Rails will be on hand in his space attire to meet and greet guests, too.


The historic 1907 Railroad Depot Museum is at 201 South Elm Street in downtown Tomball along the tracks of the BNSF Railroad. Admission and parking are free.  The museum is open weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekdays for groups by appointment.  Call 281-222-4775 for information.

Tomball is just 28-miles northwest of downtown Houston on Highway 249 at FM 2920.  Visit “Tomball Texan for Fun” on Facebook for information.