Space Center Houston First on Rare Tour of Historic Apollo 11

Visitors Will Experience Capsules for First and Last Lunar Landings Only at Space Center Houston

Release Date:  Feb. 22, 2017



Space Center Houston is the first of four stops of a 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 awe-inspiring “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” 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 in 2019 of the extraordinary achievement of man’s first step on the moon.


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


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

Possible Interviews:

William T. Harris, Space Center Houston president and CEO (Spanish fluent)

Tracy Lamm, Space Center Houston chief operating officer

Paul Spana, Space Center Houston’s exhibits manager and space historian

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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 Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. More than 200,000 youth 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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