We are all of us in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars,” Chrissie Hynde sang at the Hollywood Bowl last month, invoking the famous Oscar Wilde line she quotes in her Pretenders song “Message of Love.” Marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the “America in Space” tribute at the Bowl on Thursday recalls a time when the leaders of this country were more interested in reaching for the stars than reliving the final days of the Roman Empire.

Conductor David Newman shepherds L.A. Philharmonic through a celestially themed program that ranges from the West Coast premiere of Michael Giacchino’s Apollo 11 homage Advent and selections from Gustav Holst’s The Planets (natch) to Penka Kouneva’s salute to women astronauts and excerpts from Hidden Figures by Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams and Benjamin Wallfisch — all of it against a backdrop of archival footage and other visual wonders.

Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; Thu., Aug. 15, 8 p.m.; $1-$162. (323) 850-2000, hollywoodbowl.com.

LA Weekly