Space Exploration Day is observed on July 20 of every year. It is marked to think about the mysterious space and the technological advances that are made to explore space. It observes the anniversary of humans successfully landing on the moon. In 1984, this day was officially announced as a holiday by United States President Ronald Reagan. July 20 is also celebrated as Moon Day, encouraging people to read and learn more about outer space. Space Exploration Day motivates kids and young adults to take up space sciences and space exploration as their careers. On the same day in 1969, people worldwide witnessed the most significant breakthrough in the history of space exploration, the first walk of astronauts on the moon. People watched them return with huge excitement and happiness.

After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say I want to see the manager.” – William S. Burroughs

History of Space Exploration Day

NASA’s Apollo program, Apollo 11, was the fifth manned mission launched from Florida on June 16 and returned to earth on 24th July 1969. The mission carried three astronauts: Armstrong, Aldrin, and Michael Collins. On July 20, they stepped on the moon. The mission was from July 16-24, and to celebrate the nine-day Apollo 11 Moon Mission, Space Exploration Day was started.

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Other Celebrations on July 20

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How to Celebrate the Day

On this day, visit the nearby science museums and take time to learn about space and other astrology-based things. You can also take kids with you to make the day more interesting. In that way, you can inspire the kids to learn more about space. If you are interested in science, take this day as a chance to join in space exploration activities conducted in nearby areas. You can also gift your friends or a family member a book related to space. Schools often celebrate the day by exhibiting some of their student works. The best way to celebrate the day is by gazing at the stars lying on the lawn. Post pictures and share your celebrations on social media using the hashtag #SpaceExplorationDay.

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