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WATCH: Apollo 11 Command Module, Other Rare NASA Artifacts Arrive In Houston

The artifacts are almost 50 years old, but even small details have been preserved

Space Center Houston is the first stop for the exhibit “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission.”

Inside glass containers and between motion sensors are more than twenty rare artifacts that tell the story of humanity’s first steps on the moon.

The display includes the container that held a lunar sample and even a space survival kit.

Chester Vaughan, a NASA technician during the Apollo era, said the exhibit makes him proud. He looks fondly at the rust-colored command module.

“It’s still a beautiful machine,” Vaughan said. “The first time I saw it was before it launched, so it looks a lot different than it did then. There’s a lot of memories everywhere I look.” 

The artifacts are almost 50 years old now, but even small details have been preserved. If you go to the case with astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s helmet and gloves… look closely. You can actually see a reminder on the gloves to take that now iconic photograph of a footprint on the moon.

The exhibition is open through March 2018. 

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