The NASA Apollo 11 command module Columbia, its bottom scorched and pitted from reentry into Earth's atmosphere decades earlier, sits as the centerpiece of Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission exhibit at the Museum of Flight, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Seattle. The exhibit, opening April 13, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the U.S. manned moon landing on July 20, 1969. The exhibit includes artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission, including Buzz Aldrin's outer visor and gloves worn while walking on the moon, a star chart, medical kit and survival kit (for an emergency landing on Earth). The display also includes a full-scale replica of the lunar module ascent vehicle and salvaged F-1 engine parts, which powered the Saturn V rocket that took the Apollo modules to space and were recovered from the Atlantic ocean more than 40 years later.
"Destination Moon," the Apollo 11 exhibit at the Museum of Flight, is opening this weekend.
The exhibit, which is a partnership between the Museum of Flight, NASA, and the Smithsonian, features artifacts from the NASA space program. It opens Saturday and runs through September 2.
KING reports the star of the exhibit is the Columbia, the Apollo 11 Command Module. It's on tour for the first time in 40 years. Also on display are Buzz Aldrin's visor and gloves immortalized forever in images from the moon landing.