Apollo 11's crew capsule is going on tour

It'll be the first time the public has ever had a chance to go inside the craft.albeit in a virtual fashion.

In celebration of the upcoming 50 anniversary of the moon landing, the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum is taking the capsule on a four-city tour over the coming years. Visitors will have until March 18, 2018, to marvel at the capsule before it moves on to the Saint Louis Science Center from April 14, 2018, through September 3, 2018.

The exhibition, called "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission", will open on October 14th in NASA's hometown of Houston, where it will stay for roughly five months before moving on to St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Seattle.

Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh - Sept. 29, 2018-Feb.

The Apollo 11 command module will return to a place of honor in the new exhibition Destination Moon that's scheduled to open in 2021.

Jeff Nunn with the Museum of Flight in Seattle says you'll have a good opportunity to see it. The service module was separated from the command module upon reentry into Earth's atmosphere, while the lunar module was left to orbit the Moon before eventually crashing into its surface.

"This is the spacecraft that brought the three astronauts home from the first landing on the moon, so it's one of the Smithsonian's most important artifacts", says Michael Neufeld, a senior curator at the museum.

A release from the Saint Louis Science Center stated the traveling exhibition will visit only four museums and comes from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. and will be on display in St. Louis from April 14 to September 3, 2018. It will "tell the story of human exploration of the moon" from the Apollo program through modern-day missions created to study the lunar surface, the museum added.

  • Carolyn Briggs