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Smithsonian to launch Apollo 11 Columbia spacecraft on national tour

The iconic NASA spacecraft that flew with the first U.S. astronauts to walk on the moon will launch on a cross-country tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its historic mission.

The Apollo 11 command module, Columbia, which in 1969 carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon, will depart the Smithsonian for two years to visit museums in Houston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Seattle. It will then return to Washington, D.C., where it will become the centerpiece inside a new gallery at the National Air and Space Museum that will tell the story of human exploration of Earth's natural satellite.

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'Destination Moon': Museums and science centers plan for Apollo 11 exhibit

For Houston, it will be a homecoming; for St. Louis, a product of its past. In Pittsburgh, it will be seen as a symbol of innovation; and in Seattle, an arrival worthy of a celebration.

Columbia, the Apollo 11 command module that carried the first astronauts to walk on the moon, will embark on a two-year tour to the four U.S. cities as part the National Air and Space Museum's biggest, most ambitious traveling exhibit to date.

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So the Smithsonian won't even have it for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. I hope Seattle has something good planned.

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For the 50th anniversary, the National Air and Space Museum will debut Neil Armstrong's spacesuit following its extended conservation. The building will still be under construction though, with galleries (including the future Destination Moon gallery) closed, hence the tour.

The Museum of Flight has hosted a number of anniversary celebrations. Recently they were the site for Boeing's centennial.

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Too bad Florida Space Coasters will not have a chance to see CM-107 again during her 2-year national anniversary tour. After all, NASA's Kennedy Space Center was the earth-bound home of Columbia for nearly 6 months in 1969 before her epic journey to the moon and back. I would love to see the command ship here again on the Space Coast.

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The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is a Smithsonian Affiliate, so if it expressed interest, it was eligible for consideration. According to the National Air and Space Museum, site selection was based on a number of considerations, including the cost of hosting the exhibit.

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From the National Air and Space Museum:
The Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia is going on a four-city U.S. tour. Find out how we're getting it ready.

Conservator Lisa Young shares what the next few months will look like and what she's most interested in finding out about Columbia.

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I sat in Gemini 12 (Lovell's seat) and that was as a 16 year old, unbelievable. Just to touch that Apollo 11 would make my day, nay my year.

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The Apollo 11 command module is undergoing a painstaking conservation, in preparation for its national tour later this year, reports NPR's Morning Edition.
"Our big job as conservators right now is to figure out, if we are going to put it back on display permanently, what could be happening to it in 50 years," says [conservator Lisa] Young, who wants to prevent future deterioration.

Inside the capsule, for example, the adhesives used to stick Velcro to the walls are becoming more crumbly and losing elasticity. "So it's starting to have things pop off," says Young. "We want to go back in and make sure that all the adhesives remain stable."

...and then there's the dust. Young holds a vacuum near the spacecraft's charred heat shield and uses a small paintbrush to gently sweep off dust.

"You actually just want to loosen the dust so it becomes airborne and goes into the vacuum," she explains.

She expects to spend about a month just cleaning the surfaces. "I'll probably be doing a little bit more on the top where we do corrosion removal and fabric repair," says Young.

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'Destination Moon' traveling exhibit marks return to Houston for Apollo 11 spacecraft

The last time that it was in Houston, the spacecraft that flew the first humans to walk on the moon was purposely kept away from the public. On its first return to the city in 48 years, the Apollo 11 command module will be available for all to see.

Columbia, the NASA capsule that carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon and back in 1969, is the centerpiece of the Smithsonian's "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission" traveling exhibit. The vehicle and 20 other artifacts from the first lunar landing will debut on Saturday (Oct. 14) at Space Center Houston, the visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas.

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Apollo 11 spacecraft traveling exhibit lands at Space Center Houston

A moon ship has landed in "Space City."

Small in size, but giant in its historical stature, Columbia, the Apollo 11 command module has taken center stage at Space Center Houston, where it is premiering on display as the star of the Smithsonian's new "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission" traveling exhibit. The capsule and more than 20 related artifacts open to the public on Saturday (Oct. 14) at the Smithsonian Affiliate and visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

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Space Center Houston now has a selection of "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission" souvenirs, including t-shirts, a water bottle (featuring Columbia), a metal ornament (featuring Neil Armstrong's spacesuit) and a lapel pin with the exhibit's logo.

There is also a paperweight in the shape of a moon rock, etched with the logo.

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Young holds a vacuum near the spacecraft's charred heat shield and uses a small paintbrush to gently sweep off dust.
I sure would pay for the contents of that vacuum bag.

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Apollo 11 spacecraft departing Houston for St. Louis on 'Destination Moon' tour

After five months on display in "Space City," the first spacecraft to carry astronauts to land on the moon is now destined for the "Gateway to the West."

Columbia, the command module that took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon and back in 1969, concluded the first leg of a planned three-year tour in Houston, Texas on Sunday (March 18). The ship, which is the centerpiece of the Smithsonian's "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission" exhibit, will next travel to St. Louis, Missouri, where it will go on display beginning April 14.

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Had a nice leisurely visit to JSC and Space Center Houston two weeks ago. Great to do the tours, see standing exhibits improved upon (Saturn V never fails to re-amaze), and take in new-to me installations including Destination Moon.

Along with CM Columbia, Destination Moon featured a number of great Apollo 11 artifacts. The Bezos Expeditions-recovered F1 injector plate could be considered fine art. Aldrin's helmet and EVA gloves up close were awesome. Ditto for Collins' annotated flight plan and Speedmaster next to Aldrin's LM circuit breaker "fixit" felt-tip pen.

Just one minor disappointment. I went with a friend and we both felt Columbia looked a bit 'dead' compared to Apollo 17's nicely-lit America CM nearby. Perhaps all part of touring Columbia with an extraordinary conservation imperative and still a pleasure to be/see up close with no plexiglass shell.

An excellent experience overall. Thank you to JSC/SCH and the Smithsonian for getting the show on the road!

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Gateway to the... moon: Apollo 11 capsule lands on display in St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri is often called the "Gateway to the West," in no small part because of its landmark Gateway Arch. Well, now the city could also be referred to as "Gateway to the Moon" with the arrival of a Smithsonian exhibit.

"The capsule, the command module Columbia, that returned Apollo 11 astronauts safely to Earth, just landed, or splashed down, at the Saint Louis Science Center!" proclaimed Christian Greer, the chief officer for science, education and experience at the Science Center.

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Regarding the St. Louis exhibition, I am always glad to see efforts made to allow visitors to enter spacecraft reproductions. With such efforts, compromise is always necessary to make the exhibit workable and affordable. These cockpits are attractive and look quite sturdy.

Having said that, (based on the exhibit photos) the Lunar Module cockpit in particular is unique in its inaccuracy. Was there really no room for both forward panels? Maybe that's a clue that the dimensions might be a bit off? And the graphic at the lower right depicts the Entry Monitor instrument of the Command Module. No use for that in the LM. (But an Abort Guidance panel might be useful.) Good work making the DSKY interactive.

I am cool with the 60's living room except for the TV. That is far from typical of TVs of the 60's. Think "inside the box." (Trust me, I was there.)

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During the press tour it was mentioned that the television set is authentic and original to the era (i.e. it was not built for the exhibit). It was an early entertainment center, complete with built in turntable and audio system cabinets as well.

I don't know the reasons behind the lunar module configuration, but here is a photo that shows the full walk-in area.

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I found this page about the media center TV at the exhibit. It looks like it dates from 1957-62 and is called the Kuba Koment. Definitely not typical, but it looks cool.

I love that they used the Gateway Arch as a comparison to the height of the Saturn V. Very appropriate to the city!

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I was not saying that the TV set was not authentic. In fact it is quite an artifact in itself. I was only making the point that it is far from typical. Visitors will be saying, "Wow, they sure had cool TVs in the 60's!" For the vast majority of homes, not really.

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I can't wait for Seattle and the 50th anniversary (though I've seen Columbia countless times for all the visits to DC I had in the past). I assume it'll be a madhouse at the Museum of Flight on that day...

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I went to the Saint Louis Science Center this past weekend with the family and was not disappointed. It is rather surreal seeing this particular command module somewhere else other than the Smithsonian.

The blue lighting under the spacecraft made for some of the best pictures I have taken of this spacecraft. Also, I could finally take pictures of it without a thousand people swarming around me or walking past. Great experience.

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Steely spaceship: Apollo 11 capsule lands on display in Pittsburgh

You could say that "Columbia," the historic spacecraft that flew the first astronauts to land on the moon, has Pittsburgh under its skin.

The Apollo 11 command module, which debuts to the public at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, aka "Steel City," on Saturday (Sep. 29), has an outer structure made in part of steel.

"When you see the objects in this exhibit, you see Pittsburgh everywhere," said Andy Masich, the president and CEO and of the Heinz History Center. "You see it in the steel. You see it in the aluminum. You see it in the glass. You see it in the stories of the people who all pitched in and used their creativity to put a man on the moon."

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I visited the Heinz History Center while I was in Pittsburgh and the Apollo 11 exhibit was awesome, again. I caught it while it was at Space Center Houston and I seemed to favor the Pittsburgh layout more.

The museum is well worth the price of admission if you are in the area, especially with the Apollo 11 exhibit.

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"Destination Moon" closed at the Heinz History Center on Feb. 18. Brady Smith, the center's director of marketing and communications provided the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review with some figures about the exhibit.
Smith provided the following facts and figures for The Smithsonian's "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission" Pittsburgh run:
  • The exhibition drew roughly 100,000 visitors from Sept. 29 through Feb. 18.

  • It's the second-most attended exhibition in the history of the Heinz History Center ("Vatican Splendors" drew approximately 120,000 in 2010).

  • The exhibit drew roughly more than 32,000 visitors during its final six weeks, which is a History Center record.

  • It also drew two times the average attendance during the same period (late September through mid-February) over the past five years.

  • "Destination Moon" drew more visitors over the holidays (Thanksgiving through Jan. 1) than any other History Center exhibit has since "Vatican Splendors."
The exhibition now moves to The Museum of Flight in Seattle, where it will open April 13.

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From The Museum of Flight on Facebook (Feb. 27):
We've had to move a few artifacts to make room for the Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission exhibition, and tonight it was our vintage command module 007A. In its place will be the Apollo 11 command module, Columbia. Open to the public April 13!

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For those of you who haven't been there, The Museum of Flight is an amazing place. I've been there several times and I can't get enough of it. Can't wait for the Apollo 11 exhibit to open!

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I echo that. Amazing museum and highly recommend visiting it!

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Apollo 11 spacecraft on display in Seattle for 50th anniversary

Fifty years after splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, the spacecraft that carried the first astronauts to land on the moon has again returned to the United States' west coast.

"Columbia," the Apollo 11 command module that flew Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to and from the moon in July 1969, will spend the 50th anniversary of its mission at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. The capsule is the star of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service's "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission," which opens Saturday (April 13) through Sept. 2 at the Washington state museum.

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They had a member preview last week, I went to that. They combined the Smithsonian stuff with their own impressive collection.

Well worth the visit if youre in the region. Don't forget that the full fuselage trainer for the space shuttle is on display right across the street!

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Smithsonian extends Apollo 11 spacecraft tour, adds stop in Cincinnati

The spacecraft that carried the crew of the first moon landing to and from Earth 50 years ago has just had its current mission extended.

The Smithsonian, which has been touring the command module "Columbia" as part of its "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission" exhibition, made the surprise announcement on Friday (June 14) that the capsule will stay on the road beyond the 50th anniversary of the historic lunar flight. The next and new final stop for the spacecraft, together with more than 20 related artifacts, will be in Cincinnati, Ohio.

"I am very happy that the Cincinnati Museum Center will be home to Destination Moon this fall," said Myriam Springuel, director of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Smithsonian Affiliations, at a press conference at the Cincinnati Museum Center on Friday.

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