ITHACA, N.Y.(WENY)--  50 years ago this Saturday, July 20, 2019, the first American Astronaut stepped foot on the moon. This week, Cornell University celebrates this historic moment not only because of the impact it made on the United States, but also because the university played a roll in the moon landing and research.

"I think all of us, whether we were alive then or not, have been touched been touched by the fact that people set foot on the moon about 50 years ago now, so it will be 50 years on Saturday exactly.I think that shaped a huge amount of our cultural growth surrounding especially space exploration," says Professor Nikole Lewis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Deputy Director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell. 

It was on July 16th in 1969 Apollo 11 launched into outserspace on a voyage towards the moon. The astronauts officially landed on the moon on July 20th to make them the first Americans to land on the moon. In honor of the landing and research, Cornell set up a display in their library, which also contained one of many journals who belonged to a man who's name is not commonly associated with Apollo 11. 

"In terms of Ernest Sternglass's papers, I think his research is really important and some people really haven't heard that name and since we have his entire collection, it's over 100 boxes of materials, he's an interesting personality to learn a little bit more about the significance of his work," says Evan Earle, Archivist at Cornell University. 

Free events and panels this week, July 16-20th, at Cornell will reveal more about Sterngalss and the university's involvement in the mission. 

"On Saturday, we have a great sort of combo talk and panel discussion, so we have folks revisiting the importance of the moon landing and its historical significance. We're talking a little bit about our recent exploration of Mars and then thinking about how we might explore other worlds beyond Mars in the near future," says Lewis. 

If you would like to check out what Cornell has to offer in the coming week, you can click here for the times and dates of all of the free events. 

And if you would like to learn more about Ernest Sternglass, you can click here for more on his work.