CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — One Coastal Bend family got into the spirit for the 50th-anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11. The family built a replica of the spacecraft in their front yard.
Apollo 11 inspired people all over the world when the spaceflight first landed people on the moon.
The 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 mission is Saturday, and one man decided to build a replica of in his front yard.
Daniel Vera spent a lot of time to build a replica of the Apollo Lunar Module flown by commander Neil Armstrong and pilot buzz aldrin back in 1969.
On July 20, Apollo 11 was a mission that inspired so many Americans.
Vera ordered a small model on eBay and looked at pictures on Pinterest to help him get an idea of what materials to use, including plywood, metal utility straps, and frisbee.
It took Vera and his sons about two weeks to build, paint, and put finishing touches on.
Vera not only has a passion for Apollo 11 but also stimulating young minds.
"Ability to take a theoretical idea and see it through to fruition. Whatever it is they can do, and they can do it well and safely, and there are errors to be made. There's nothing wrong with making errors," Vera said. "Thrilling, it made your heart leap. I am thinking of skipping a morning of school or something and being at home in front of the TV glued and watching it."
In 1969 Vera was at Baker Junior High at the time of Apollo 11. Baker remembers being excited and amazed.
Vera met astronaut Buzz Aldira 10 years ago in Corpus Christi.