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Kennedy Space Center unveils Moon Tree Garden, Apollo 11 statue

by Brittani Tuttle

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has kicked off their Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebrations by unveiling their new Moon Tree Garden, along with their new bronze sculpture of the moon landing crew.

moon tree garden
Photos by Matt Roseboom

The garden features 12 trees grown from the seeds that orbited the Moon, and the George Lundeen sculpture that depicts astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins in their spacesuits. The statue is titled “The Eagle has Landed.”

moon tree garden

The Moon Trees provided by Rosemary Roosa, daughter of Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa, and president and CEO of the non-profit Moon Tree Foundation. The foundation was created in honor of Roosa’s father, who took various tree seeds with him on his space mission.

apollo 11 statue

“We are excited to kick off our Apollo 11 celebrations at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex by officially opening the new Moon Tree Garden,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer. “The garden and the life-size sculpture of the Apollo 11 crew are tributes to the outstanding accomplishments of the Apollo Program.”

The opening of the Moon Tree Garden is just the first of many events planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, which you can learn more about here.

apollo 11 statue

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit KennedySpaceCenter.com. Check out our video of the new garden below:

Moon Tree Garden and Apollo 11 Astronauts Sculpture at Kennedy Space Center's Apollo/Saturn V Center

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