Space Center Houston first on rare tour of historic Apollo 11
Space Center Houston is the first of four stops for a brand-new exhibit featuring the Apollo 11 command module, which will open Oct. 14. This exhibit will be the first time the Apollo 11 command module will leave the Smithsonian since a 1971 national tour. Space Center Houston will be the only location where visitors can see the space capsules for both the first and last lunar landings. The nonprofit Space Center Houston is the home of the Apollo 17 command module, the last mission to land on the moon.
The awe-inspiring “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” exhibit, on display Oct. 14-March 18, 2018 at Space Center Houston, is part of the nonprofit’s 25th anniversary year jubilee celebration. The center is the first Smithsonian Affiliate in greater Houston.
In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, guests will see more than 20 one-of-a-kind Apollo 11 mission artifacts, some of which flew on the historic Apollo 11 mission. They include the hatch, the F-1 injector plate, a lunar sample return container, astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s extravehicular visor and gloves, astronaut Michael Collins’ Omega Speedmaster Chronograph, a star chart, survival kit and more.
With the addition of the new exhibit, guests will experience the first and the last moon landings in one place for the first time ever.