The nation is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, an event that Flagstaff played an important role in. Flagstaff artist George Averbeck has created a collection of glass artifacts that will help commemorate the first lunar landing, and Flagstaff’s role in making it possible.

Fifty years ago Apollo 11 carried the Earth’s first visitors to the Moon. All of those astronauts, and every astronaut who walked on the Moon, received extensive training in Flagstaff. They studied the surface of the moon from telescopes at Lowell Observatory. They tested equipment on the cinder hills near Sunset Crater, and they learned about geology at nearby places like the Grand Canyon.

Kevin Schindler, Lowell Observatory historian, says Averbeck’s glass globes are a great tribute to Flagstaff’s role in the first Moon landing. Averbeck’s work will be on sale at shops around town, and Lowell Observatory will be presenting some as special gifts.