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United Airlines launching month-long celebration for 50th anniversary of moon landing

United Airlines is marking the anniversary of the moon landing in July.

United Airlines, which is based in the same town as the Nasa Johnson Space Center, is going all out to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing and celebrate Houston's role in the historic moment for mankind. 

Ahead of the anniversary July 20, the American carrier is rolling out a host of special events and activities including a commemorative flight that will feature space-themed entertainment and in-flight gifts.  

The celebration flight is set for July 17, the same day astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin Buzz Aldrin mad their first broadcast, showing viewers back on Earth what space looked like in a color TV broadcast 50 years ago. 

Customers aboard flight 355, traveling from Newark Liberty International airport to Houston will fly in the company of special guests who have flown beyond earth's atmosphere and into space. 

The Apollo 11 mission also features in United Airlines' heritage, as Armstrong later served on the carrier's board of directors. 

Throughout the month of July, travelers flying United will be able to tune into 17 space-related programs developed by NASA, including documentaries, views of the Earth from the Space Station and action cam footage of astronaut spacewalks. 

At George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston (IAH), restaurants Ember and Tanglewood Grille will feature a menu inspired by the foods astronauts ate aboard the historic flight. In preparation, restaurant staff were sent to NASA's Space Food Systems Laboratory in Houston to learn about how and what astronauts eat in space. In the spirit of 1969, think Tang beverages. 

Terminal C-North will also feature digital photography from the Apollo 11 mission at each of the terminal gates, while flyers will be able to meet retired NASA astronaut Ken Cameron July 9-11 in the United Clubs. 

During the same period, United's Terminal C and E at IAH airport will feature a pop-up science lab hosted by the Space Center Houston. Passengers can wile away the time on interactive, hands-on Apollo-themed exhibits.