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The Apollo Missions



The 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing is the impetus for a free, public exhibit from NASA’s Johnson Space Center that is on display in the hallway between Longview Hall and Heath-Hardwick Hall through October 13. The exhibit opened Monday and will be available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, through Oct. 13.

Included in the exhibit are:

  • The history of manned space flight
  • Project Apollo
  • Space food
  • Shuttle tire and the technology behind them (including the actual rear wheel from a NASA Endeavor shuttle)

Artifacts from the Apollo missions, including one of the helmets worn by the Apollo astronauts, are also on display.  Video and interactive opportunities to experience the Apollo missions are also part of the exhibit.

The exhibit will move to the Belcher Center Lobby for a morning of activities and free public lectures in the Belcher Center featuring local East Texans who worked on the Apollo missions and LETU engineering professor and former NASA astronaut Dr. Byron Lichtenberg on Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Lichtenberg will discuss his experience as a two-time astronaut in the 1980s and the work currently happening in Projects Orion and Artemis to return a man and woman to the moon by 2024. Local community and school groups are encouraged to attend.