1/4 Scale Lunar Module

The Apollo Lunar Module (LM), also known as the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM), was the lander portion of the Apollo spacecraft built for the US Apollo program by Grumman to carry a crew of two from lunar orbit to the surface and back. Six such craft successfully landed on the Moon between 1969–1972. The LM, consisting of an Ascent stage and Descent stage, was ferried to lunar orbit by its companion Command/Service Module (CSM), a separate spacecraft of approximately twice its mass, which also took the astronauts home to Earth. After completing its mission, the LM was discarded. In one sense it was the world's first true spacecraft in that it was capable of operation only in outer space, structurally and aerodynamically incapable of flight through the Earth's atmosphere.

(This Exhibit is on loan from NASA / Lyndon Johnson Space Center Houston Texas)

Full Scale Apollo
Command Module

The Command/Service Module (CSM) was one of two spacecraft, along with the Lunar Module, used for the United States Apollo program which landed astronauts on the Moon. It was built for NASA by North American Aviation. It was launched by itself into suborbital and low Earth orbit test missions with the Saturn IB launch vehicle, and three times by itself and nine times with the Lunar Module as part of the Apollo spacecraft assembly on the larger Saturn V launch vehicle, which was capable of sending it to the Moon.

(This Exhibit is on loan from NASA / Lyndon Johnson Space Center Houston Texas)


Full-Size Mock-Up of the Mercury-III “Freedom 7" Spacecraft

Project Mercury became an official program of NASA November 26, 158. The one-man Mercury Spacecraft was designed and built with a maximum orbiting weight of about 3,200 pounds. The craft is 74.5 inches wide and about 9 feet tall. The Army’s Redstone (78,000 lbs. thrust) was chosen as the booster for suborbital flights and Air Force’s Atlas (360,000 lbs. thrust) for orbital flights. The first U.S. manned space flight was made May 5, 1961, when astronaut Alan Shepard, Jr. made the historic Mercury III flight in the spacecraft “Freedom 7". His suborbital mission lasted for 19 minutes and took him 116 miles high into space. After another countdown for Mercury IV on july 21, 1961 the Redstone booster hurled Astronaut Virgil I. “Gus" Grissom through the second ballistic (suborbital) flight in the liberty Bell 7 Spacecraft. This Ended the Redstone manned nonorbital test as the Mercury-Atlas series of flights advanced to orbital missions on February 20, 1962, when Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr., the first American in orbit, completed three circuits around the earth in friendship 7.

(This Exhibit is on loan from NASA / Lyndon Johnson Space Center Houston Texas)
Space Shuttle Tire

This main landing gear tire was used on the Space Shuttle Discovery which flew on mission STS-60 February 1994. STS-60 was the first mission of the US/Russian Shuttle-Mir Program, which carried Sergei K. Krikalev, the first Russian cosmonaut to fly aboard a Space Shuttle. The mission used Space Shuttle Discovery, which lifted off from Launch Pad 39A on 3 February 1994 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The mission carried the Wake Shield Facility experiment and a SPACEHAB module into orbit, and carried out a live bi-directional audio and downlink link-up with the cosmonauts aboard the Russian space station Mir.

(This Exhibit is on loan from NASA / Lyndon Johnson Space Center Houston Texas)


Three Stage Saturn V Rocket Model

The Saturn V was an American human-rated expendable rocket used by NASA's Apollo and Skylab programs from 1967 until 1973. A multistage liquid-fueled launch vehicle, NASA launched 13 Saturn Vs from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida with no loss of crew or payload. It remains the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever brought to operational status and still holds the record for the heaviest launch vehicle payload.

(This Exhibit is on loan from NASA / Lyndon Johnson Space Center Houston Texas)
The Biopack Couch
for the MR-2 Flight

A three-year-old chimpanzee, named Ham, was in the biopack couch for the MR-2 suborbital test flight. On January 31, 1961, a Mercury-Redstone launch from Cape Canaveral carried the chimpanzee "Ham" over 640 kilometers (400 mi) down range in an arching trajectory that reached a peak of 254 kilometers (158 mi) above the Earth. The mission was successful and Ham performed his lever-pulling task well in response to the flashing light. NASA used chimpanzees and other primates to test the Mercury capsule before launching the first American astronaut Alan Shepard in May 1961. The successful flight and recovery confirmed the soundness of the Mercury-Redstone systems.

(This Exhibit is on loan from NASA / Lyndon Johnson Space Center Houston Texas)


Gene Cernan Space Suit Glove From The Apollo 17 Mission

Apollo 17 was the eleventh and final manned mission in the United States Apollo space program. Launched at 12:33 a.m. EST on December 7, 1972, with a three-member crew consisting of Commander Eugene Cernan, Command Module Pilot Ronald Evans, and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 remains the most recent manned Moon landing and the most recent manned flight beyond low Earth orbit.
The Flag That Draped Over Ted Freeman's Casket at Arlington National Cemetery

Theodore Cordy Freeman was a NASA astronaut and a captain in the United States Air Force. Freeman was one of the third group of astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963; these astronauts were those expected to be Apollo pilots.


The Hat of Paul W. Tibbets,
the Pilot of the Enola Gay

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