Now that 50 years have passed since the man stepped on the moon, we tell you where you can see the ship of Apollo 11, which led and brought Armstrong and his men back
Shortly after you have heard or read the news these days you will have heard more than 50 years ago that the man stepped on the moon. The American Neil Armstrong had the honor of being the first human being to set foot on the only terrestrial satellite, the first person to walk on another world. Because, at this point, we are very clear that he did it and there is enough scientific evidence to upset any hoax or conspiracy theory about it.
Similarly, as soon as you know how space exploration worked by then, you will know that a spaceship is made up of different parts and that the vast majority of those parts are left on the road, to put it simply. The three astronauts (apart from Armstrong, his companions were Aldrin and Collins) who undertook in 1969 the Apollo 11 mission they successfully returned to Earth only aboard the command module, a vehicle that the crew had previously baptized as Columbialogically in honor and reference to Christopher Columbus, because they were also going to "discover" a new world.
That command module that landed in Pacific waters on July 24, 1969 was collected, along with the crew obviously, by the USS Hornet aircraft carrier. After the subsequent analysis and study of the spacecraft by NASA engineers, Columbia walked around the country, visiting up to 49 state capitals, until in 1971 it found its final destination: the National and Space Museum of the United States. And there it continues, for anyone who wants to see on site the original ship that brought and brought back the first astronauts who stepped on the moon.
This museum that is in Washington, very close to the Capitol and other museums that, like this one, are part of the Smithsonian Institute, it is the largest in the world dedicated to the world of aviation, and in it you can find authentic jewels. For example, the Flyer of lthe Wright brothers, considered as the pioneers of aviation, the Air force one used by President Kennedy, or the famous Saint Louis Spirit, the plane with which Charles Lindberg got the, at the time, great feat of crossing the entire Atlantic between New York and Paris in one stroke, nonstop and solo.
With regard to the space race, there are also other jewels apart from Apollo 11. For example you can find the capusla Friendship 7 of the Mercury program, which led John Glenn to become the first American to orbit the Earth. It also exposes a rock from Mars that came to our planet in the form of a meteorite and, of course, a real moon rock, a sample of those brought from the moon and that visitors can not only see it but also touch it.
So, if you have always been a fan of space exploration or this 50th anniversary has aroused your curiosity, you know where to see the Apollo 11 command module and other jewels that traveled and returned from space. Without a doubt, one of the museums to keep in mind if you are visiting the capital of the United States.
Official website | National Air and Space Museum
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Photo 2 | Flickr – Tony Hisgett
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