A new, state-of-the-art exhibition is being prepared that will replace the Apollo to the Moon
gallery at the Museum in Washington, DC. Set to open around the 50th anniversaries of the first Apollo flights to the Moon in 1968-69, it will feature many of the key artifacts in the old exhibition, as well as some now in other locations or in storage. These will include: a huge Moon mural the famous space artist Chesley Bonestell
painted in 1959, the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia
, the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore
during his walk on the Moon, the Freedom 7 Mercury capsule
Alan Shepard used to become the first American in space, the Gemini 7 spacecraft
, the giant F-1 rocket engine
, parts of the Apollo Mission Simulator, and many small artifacts. Electronic and mechanical interactives will add new dimensions to the visitor experience of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, explaining how, in the context of the Cold War and the space race, America decided to beat the Soviet Union to the Moon. It will bring the story of Apollo to generations of visitors born since Americans walked on the Moon.