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Apollo 11: for 50 years, the Eagle lunar module to serve as a reminder of humanity’s capacity to innovate

The Lunar Module LM-2 at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
(The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum).

If it wasn’t for the lunar module, and we wouldn’t have heard of the famous words by Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969.

“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

When Neil Armstrong spoke the famous words, after the shift away from the descent stage of the Eagle, the Apollo 11 and the lunar module. The descent stage remains on the Moon, permanent reminder of Armstrong’s and Buzz Aldrin’s nearly 22-hour stay on the Earth’s natural satellite. While the Eagle was on the moon’s surface, and the Columbia Command Module, piloted by Michael Collins, it was about 60 miles above them.

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Eagle’s ascent stage to be safely carried Armstrong and Aldrin returned to Columbia, and was later thrown overboard.

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Lunar Module 2 is in the permanent collection. The module, which was used for ground tests prior to the Apollo 11 mission, don’t even look like it could fly.

“It has been designed for the purpose,” said Cathleen Lewis, the curator of the Museum’s space history division, “there is no need to re-enter the atmosphere, it is not necessary for you to fly through the air, or even return it to the earth.”

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However, the module has been created in order to be able to withstand the conditions outside the Earth’s atmosphere. “The materials that are used are very, very good for those who fly in space for a very short period of time, and they don’t last very long here on Earth, acceleration of gravity, in the sun,” Lewis said.

The largest part of the Apollo 11 Columbia Command Module, which is under the control of islam. Margaret A. Weitekamp, who is the curator of the Museum of the social and cultural dimensions of the space collection.

She explained to me that Columbia has been on a national tour. It is a part of “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission,” a traveling Smithsonian exhibition at the Museum of Flight in Seattle until the end of September. 2, 2019.

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However, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is opening up some of the Apollo 11 Moon rock samples, and for the first time. When the astronauts returned from the Moon, the surface of the rock, they brought with them were considered, while the rest were vacuum sealed and in anticipation of developments in technology on its own. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the mission, and they are now open for the scientists to study it as well.

One of the most exciting artifacts from Apollo 11 are found to be in Armstrong’s bedroom. “Even the astronauts want to be a token of the work they have done,” said Weitekamp. When he passed in 2012, the trustees had an opportunity to go over to his office. And there it was in the closet in his bedroom, the camera and the beautiful pictures that we see to-day.

A half-century after the landing on the Moon, and in the event of an influence on society is so great, that the statement, “if we are to have a man to the moon, why can’t we …” have entered the vernacular.

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The mission statement should serve as a reminder of humanity is, that the remarkable ability for technological innovation.

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