Apollo 11 is ready to travel again after 46 years. The capsule was grounded at the Smithsonian in Washington DC for over forty years. The module of the well-known moon-mission spaceship Apollo 11 is bound to start a new adventure. The craft will begin a four-city tour across the country. This will be the second tour since the capsule landed on Earth on July 24, 1969.
- Apollo 11 is going on a four-year tour after it was grounded for 46 years.
- The capsule was stranded at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.
- The tour was developed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the most important event in the space history.
The tour is bound to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the most important moment in the space history of the US. This announcement appears at a time when America is struggling to succeed another goal regarding Mars exploration. The module, which is the only part of the spaceship that got back to our planet when the 8-day mission ended, proved to be very popular when it underwent its first tour around the country.
Back then, over three million people saw Apollo 11 and a rock collected from the moon. Curious people waited for hours in a row to be able to stand in front of the capsule that brought Americans the most significant success in space missions. The capsule was transported to every state capital except Juneau of Alaska.
The new tour is bound to work as a preview for the upcoming exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum, at the Smithsonian, which was scheduled to happen in 2021. The exhibition will present the story of all Apollo missions. Allan Needell, the curator of the Smithsonian’s space history department, has declared that while they prepare the new location in which the capsule will be kept, researchers could at least share with visitors.
The new exhibition is meant to open this October, and it is called “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission.” The exposition will open in Houston, then travel through St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Seattle for the upcoming years, being grounded for about five months at each location. During the tour, specialists will also use interactive 3D technology while visitors examine the outside and inside of the ship.
They will remember that inside that capsule, astronauts like Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong lived and worked throughout this mission. This tour was organized at a time when America is currently working on developing methods to colonize Mars.
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