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U.S. Air Force Crewed Apollo 15 Command Module to highlight 17-day Space Celebration at National Museum USAF

Illustration of astronaut on the moon with text that reads: Space Celebration; July 22 - Aug. 7, 2021; 50th Anniversary Apollo 15; National Museum of the United States Air Force

50 years ago Apollo 15 completed the fourth successful moon landing mission with an all-U.S. Air Force crew. To commemorate this anniversary, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will hold a 17-day celebration, from July 22 - Aug. 7, 2021, the whole family will enjoy with guest speakers; space-themed exhibits, simulator rides and movie; a build and launch rocket activity; a 5K fun run; and more.

Space Gallery

DAYTON, Ohio -- Overhead view of the Model A7L Space Suit and Model A7LB Extravehicular Mobility Unit reproductions and the Apollo 15 Command Module on display in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (05/2015) -- Special roaming characters including R2-D2 participated in Space Fest on May 15-16 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (05/2015) -- Special roaming characters including R2-D2 participated in Space Fest on May 15-16 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (05/2015) -- Participants start the 5K fun run through a scale-version of the solar system during Space Fest on May 15 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)

DAYTON, Ohio (05/2015) -- Participants start the 5K fun run through a scale-version of the solar system during Space Fest on May 15 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Museum visitors had the chance to meet an astronaut; build and launch rockets; interact with Star Wars characters and much more during the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Family Day event at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on July 20, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Museum visitors had the chance to meet an astronaut; build and launch rockets; interact with Star Wars characters and much more during the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Family Day event at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on July 20, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio --

A 17-day celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 15 moon landing will take place from July 22 through Aug. 7 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

 

Apollo 15 completed the fourth successful moon landing mission with an all-U.S. Air Force crew, and its Command Module is on display in the museum’s Space Gallery courtesy of a loan from the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Other spacecraft on display in the Space Gallery include Mercury and Gemini, as well as the Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer.

 

In July 1971, Col. David Scott, Lt. Col. James Irwin, and Maj. Alfred Worden flew the command module named Endeavour - after the ship that carried Capt. James Cook on his famous 18th century scientific voyage - to the moon.

 

Apollo 15 focused mainly on lunar science, and was the first mission to use a lunar rover vehicle. The crew spent four days traveling to the moon, before Scott and Irwin landed the lunar module Falcon on the moon’s surface. They spent 67 hours exploring and setting up scientific experiments. Worden remained in orbit aboard Endeavour conducting experiments and photographing the moon. Just over 12 days after launch, the crew returned safely, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii.

 

The Space Celebration offers something for the whole family to enjoy and includes guest speakers, space-themed exhibits and simulator rides, a build-and-launch rocket activity and solar system 5k fun run.


Highlights of the event include:

  • Interactive Space Exhibit: Space: A Journey to Our Future (Throughout event)
  • The Beauty of Space Art Exhibit (Throughout event)
  • Special Presentation on Living and Working in Space by NMUSAF Historian Dr. Doug Lantry (July 23)
  • Displays of rarely seen space artifacts (July 24, 31)
  • Special Presentation on the Titan IVB by Col. (Ret.) Elena Oberg (July 24, 25, Aug 7)
  • Appearances by fictional space characters (July 24, 31, Aug 7)
  • Space activities led by the Boonshoft Museum (July 24, 31, Aug 7)
  • Special Presentation on Space Suits by NMUSAF Historian Dr. Doug Lantry (Aug 1)
  • A Lunar Rover Vehicle on display from the Armstrong Air & Space Museum (Aug 2)
  • Solar System 5K Fun Run (Aug 5)
  • Rocket Day – Build and launch rockets (Aug 7)

 

For more detailed information about events at the Space Celebration, please visit the museum website https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Space-Celebration/

 

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year thousands of visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.    

 

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact Ty Greenlees at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1337.

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