Fiftieth anniversary of moon landing marked at the Cultural Centre

'One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind'.

Fifty years ago, the eyes of the world watched with bated breath as man took his first steps on the surface of the moon.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of that mission, when commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on the moon. The Apollo 11 mission - with third astronaut Michael Collins - is being celebrated around the world, including at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Blue Mountains event organiser Matthew Kennedy is canvassing support for the all-day community event from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, July 21, at the Cultural Centre.

Mr Kennedy said the "50 year anniversary of the moon landing is the platform to bring people together to share their experiences and reflection of what we were at the time and where we are today".

The day will include a seven minute film at every hour of video footage of the first lunar landing - followed by speakers discussing what the world looked like in 1969.

"Members of the Blue Mountains community will talk about where they were in 1969, the first lunar landing and how they, their families and Australia played its part and all it meant to them," Mr Kennedy said.

For him personally it was important that the day was marked in the community.

"I was born in 1969 and people always said 'That was the year of the moon landing'. I'm also a pilot and so I'm interested in anything to do with flight."

Young and old are welcome to talk about their place in the global community today at the event. Blue Mountains high school principals have been contacted to send delegations of students to listen and participate in the events and stage assembly presentations at their schools afterwards.

Mr Kennedy has also approached several aged care facilities and hopes the elderly will share their experiences of the last 50 years.

The event is in the cultural centre's seminar room in Park Street. Capacity is 70 people each hour. Details contact: 0412 242045 or email