Attend Media Day for Space Center Houston’s World Premiere Exhibit Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission

See blockbuster exhibit before public opening, interview Apollo-era legends


Release date: Sept. 25, 2017

RSVP to attend:

RSVP here by Thursday, Oct. 6.

What & when:

Media Day: Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 8-11 a.m.

Space Center Houston presents Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, Oct. 14-March 18, 2018

Media are invited to see the spacecraft from the first manned lunar landing – the Apollo 11 command module, meet Apollo-era legends and interview Apollo 11 experts – all during Media Day for the world premiere exhibit Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission.

Plus, only at Space Center Houston will guests experience the space capsules from the first and last lunar landings, together under the same roof for the first time. Space Center Houston has the Apollo 17 command module and other artifacts from the final lunar landing in its permanent collection.


Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058

Exhibit background:

The nonprofit Space Center Houston, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the first of four stops for this new exhibit featuring the Apollo 11 command module, which leaves the Smithsonian for the first time since 1971. It is the only location to feature space capsules for both the first and last lunar landings.

Guests will see more than 20 rare Apollo 11 mission artifacts, some of which flew on the historic mission. This includes astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s extravehicular visor and gloves, the spacecraft’s hatch, a lunar sample return container, astronaut Michael Collins’ Omega Speedmaster watch, a star chart, survival kit and more.

The center also will feature an additional special exhibit of Apollo artifacts such as training spacesuits from Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise and Apollo 9 astronaut David Scott as well as a toolkit, a lunar module controller and more. 

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission is the culmination of Space Center Houston’s yearlong jubilee celebration of its 25th anniversary on Oct. 16. Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission is organized by the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The 50th anniversary of man’s first step on the moon is in July 2019. 

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission 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.

Media Day program: 

  • 8 a.m. – Check-in
  • 8:15-8:22 a.m. – Introduction from Space Center Houston president and CEO      
  • 8:23-8:49 a.m. – Briefings from Smithsonian Institution, Space Center Houston experts
  • 8:50-9 a.m. – Question & answer session
  • 9-10:30 a.m. – Guided tour Destination Moon and Apollo 17 exhibits
    One-on-one interviews with SMEs
    Media photo ops
    *Center opens to public at 10 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Private tours available by appointment

Possible Interviews:

  • William T. Harris, Space Center Houston, president and CEO (Spanish fluent)
  • Myriam Springuel, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, director
  • Paul Spana, Space Center Houston, exhibits director, space historian
  • Apollo era legends

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws more than 1 million visitors annually, was called “The Big Draw” by USA Today and generates a $73 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. More than 200,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to experience our educational space museum with more than 400 things to see and experience. For more information, go to

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