2019: In Vistigiis Apollo



Columbus Magnet School’s Young Astronauts program is proud to present the 2019 mission:  In Vistigiis ApolloIn the Footsteps of Apollo.  This mission honors the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landings, the historic Apollo 11 and 12 spaceflights.  

On July 20, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon and uttered the historic words “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”  Lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin joined him a few minutes later and the two of them spent over 21 hours on the lunar surface.  Just four months later, on November 14, 1969, Apollo 12 successfully landed on the moon, and Pete Conrad and Alan Bean became the 3rd and 4th men to walk on the lunar surface.

In Vistigiis Apollo pays tribute to these 4 extraordinary astronauts and their Command Module Pilots, Michael Collins and Richard Gordon, as well as to the thousands of men and women who worked tirelessly for years to successfully complete the first ever manned lunar landings.  Our Young Astronauts have been inspired by their dream, their dedication and their determination.

This year’s mission is dedicated to Arthur J. Perschino, founder of the Young Astronauts program and beloved Founding Principal of Columbus Magnet School.

In Vistigiis Apollo is the 24th mission of the Young Astronauts program.  The launch takes place May 16 and the Young Astronauts will celebrate their success with a landing on May 17.