Destination Moon

Space Center Houston first on rare tour of historic Apollo 11

Apollo 11 astronauts pose for a crew portrait. Pictured left to right are commander Neil Armstrong, module pilot Michael Collins and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin.
After the historic Apollo 11 splashdown, the crew in isolation suits await helicopter pickup near the Apollo 11 command module.
The Apollo 11 command module is lowered onto the deck of the USS 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 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.

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

“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.