Destination Moon

Space Center Houston first on rare tour of historic Apollo 11

After the historic Apollo 11 splashdown, the crew awaits helicopter pickup in isolation suits near the Apollo 11 command module.
The Apollo 11 command module is lowered onto the deck of the U.S.S. Hornet, the prime recovery ship for the historic mission.

Space Center Houston is the first of four stops for a brand new exhibit featuring the Apollo 11 command module, which will leave the Smithsonian for the first time since 1971 on a national tour. It 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 incredible “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 and only 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.

The exhibition, a partnership of the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the extraordinary achievement of man’s first step on the moon in 2019.

“Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” exhibit is made possible by the support of Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos, Joe Clark, Bruce R. McCaw Family Foundation, the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, John and Susann Norton, and Gregory D. and Jennifer Walston Johnson. Transportation services for “Destination Moon” are provided by FedEx.

Click here to learn more about the Apollo 17 Command Module currently on display at Space Center Houston.