Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission at the Saint Louis Science Center

Thursday April 5, 2018

Going to the moon in 1969 was, “one small step for man and one giant leap for humankind.” What you may not know is St. Louis had a vital role in the Space Race, with McDonnell Douglas creating technology for the Mercury and Gemini projects.  The Saint Louis Science Center is now proud to welcome their newest exhibition titled “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission,” (April 14-Sept. 3). After all, the museum was chosen as one in only four museums that will host the exhibit from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. St. Louis is the only city in the Midwest where you’ll find this exhibit and this is the first time that these rare objects are touring the U.S. in over 40 years. It is an once-in-a-lifetime chance to see more than 20 amazing artifacts including the intact Apollo 11 command module Columbia. You won’t want to miss ‘Destination Moon’.

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission

This iconic exhibit not only highlights the Apollo 11 crew – Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, but also the countless engineers, doctors, designers and others who helped propel space exploration with a local connection. This is an exhibit for families and all generations, not just space nerds and history buffs.  As you learn more about their journey, there are many interactive components such as: moon mapping, creating mission patches, games and stories.

The exhibit showcases many fascinating artifacts and photo opportunities:

  • Discover what was in their rucksack (a.k.a. survival kit) so they would be prepared to face unknown dangers.
  • See Buzz Aldrin’s gloves complete with a written reminder to take a photo.
  • Come up close to the Apollo 11 command module Columbia.
  • Climb inside a space craft and learn the communication lingo for flying from mission control (Houston), command module (Columbia) and lunar module (Eagle).
  • Feel like an astronaut for a day.
  • View an iconic space suit.
  • Learn about landing and building rockets.
  • Learn the secret meanings behind mission patches. For Apollo 11, the mission patch included an eagle carrying an olive branch.

This exhibit is both fun and educational. What does the future of space discovery look like?  What are NASA, Boeing, Space X and other companies up to? Inspire a child with an exhibit they’ll always remember and maybe they will become the next engineer to explore outer space.


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