It's been light years - well, not really - just 40 years since Apollo 11's grand moon landing on July 20, 1969. Museums across the country are celebrating the anniversary with events and exhibits and more.

At the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, where you can see the capsule (command module) that carried the astronauts back to Earth, a new exhibit of paintings by Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean opens Thursday, which is also "Countdown to the Moon" family day at the museum with special lectures and more. On Sunday, the museum hosts a book signing with three astronauts: Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean and Michael Collins. Best of all, admission to the museum is free.

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But the best celebration, I think, takes place at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida: They're unveiling a 55-pound chocolate-marshmallow Moon Pie on Monday. And, yep, the public is invited to eat it! Happy Birthday, Moon.

Photo by AP/Smithsonian Institution, Eric Long

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