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Countdown to Liftoff… Destination Moon Launches Sept. 29
 
 
On July 20, 1969, millions of Americans gathered around their television sets and witnessed history as Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the Moon. The historic journey of Apollo 11 met President Kennedy’s 1961 challenge of “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the earth” before the end of the decade.
 
The History Center is partnering with the Smithsonian to host Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, an epic exhibition that takes visitors on an in-depth exploration of the Apollo 11 mission, the birth of the American space program, and the space race.
 
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a national treasure in Pittsburgh – the Command Module Columbia. The only portion of the Apollo 11 spacecraft to complete the first mission to land a man on the Moon and safely return him to Earth, Columbia embodies the accomplishments of the 400,000 Americans who contributed to the success of the mission.
 
Celebrate Blastoff Opening Day at the History Center
 
 
Join us on the launchpad for Blastoff Opening Day on Sept. 29 beginning at 9:30 a.m. To celebrate the grand opening of the Destination Moonexhibit, we’ll launch kid-friendly air rockets and a real-life, motor-powered rocket with help from SHARK - the South Hills Area Rocketry Klub.
 
Visitors can enjoy out-of-this-world activities throughout the day, including a mobile planetarium, meet-and-greets with Smithsonian experts, and more. Learn more.
 
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