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MN celebrates 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing

There's a bunch of things to do to get into the spirit today.

It's the 50th anniversary of the day Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, and there's plenty to do in Minnesota to mark the occasion. 

If you want to go the hard science route on Saturday, July 20, check out what's going on at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Start at noon and going until 4 p.m., the St. Paul museum will play a documentary on its 90-foot OmniTheater screen and continue the festivities with "DIY rockets and two NASA Solar System ambassadors on staff to indulge your curiosities about space."

If you're looking for a more artistic perspective on the legendary event, the Trylon Theater in Minneapolis will host a film series in honor of the Apollo 11 Mission.

The 25 movies — which include "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Alien" — celebrate "journeys both real and imagined into the vastness of outer space."

Meanwhile, the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum has been exhibiting space-related material all year as part of their "Next Giant Leap" series. 

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Today, they're celebrating the Apollo anniversary with a slew of special activities and programming. 

You could also celebrate your own way at home — with some beer brewed up precisely for the occasion.

There's Blue Moon's "lunar landing" kegs (if you can get your hands on one, as it's not yet clear where they'll be released) and Budweiser's Discovery Reserve American Red Lager, which is available through September. 

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