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Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission

The Saint Louis Science Center is one of four science museums nationwide that will host Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

The special exhibition will feature the Apollo 11 command module Columbia, marking the first time in 46 years it has left the museum. Destination Moon will be at the Science Center from April 14 to Sept. 3, 2018. The 49th anniversary of the moon landing is July 20, 2018.

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Featured Artifacts

The special exhibition will feature the Apollo 11 command module Columbia, the only portion of the historic spacecraft to complete the first mission to land a man on the moon and safely return him to Earth, as well as more than 20 one-of-a-kind artifacts from the historic mission, including:

Apollo 11: The interior of the Apollo 11 Command Module.


Star Chart: The chart shows the positions of the sun, moon and stars at the time Apollo 11 was scheduled to leave Earth’s orbit and head for the moon.


Rucksack #1, Survival Kit: One of two rucksacks filled with equipment to help the crew survive for up to 48 hours in the event of an emergency landing somewhere on Earth. The kit includes three water containers, a radio beacon and spare battery, three pairs of sunglasses, six packages of desalting chemicals, a seawater desalter kit, two survival lights, a machete and two bottles of sunscreen.


Aldrin’s Extravehicular Visor: Buzz Aldrin wore this outer helmet while on the surface of the moon. It fitted over his clear pressure-bubble helmet. 


Aldrin’s Extravehicular Gloves: These gloves have an outer, cut-resistant shell of Chromel-R fabric across the hands to prevent fatal air leaks caused by handling sharp objects and gauntlets to protect against solar heating. The blue fingertips were made of silicone rubber to provide more sensitivity for touching.


For more information on this exhibition, visit the Smithsonian website.  

Bring your group to Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission

Bring your group to the Saint Louis Science Center for Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, featuring the iconic command module, Columbia, on its first tour in more than 46 years. The Science Center is one of just four institutions in the country to host the exhibition.

In addition to the Columbia command module, the exhibition highlights artifacts from the historic mission that landed man on the moon. Groups will have the thrilling opportunity to see the artifacts up close. In addition, the Science Center will share the vital role St. Louis played in the Space Race.

Fill out our online form or contact our Group Sales Manager at 314.289.1419 to find out more about discounts for groups of 10 or more or to reserve your tickets.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for groups to see the command module outside of Washington, D.C. and a special exhibition you won’t want to miss.

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