Explore space artifacts from the Apollo era, from astronaut’s space suits to the actual Mercury capsule that carried the first U.S. animal into orbit. There’s even a prototype of the Apollo 15 Lunar Lander and a real moon rock! Spot your house on our satellite mapping table, climb inside a command module and imagine a safe trip back to Earth, or test your hand at finding the perfect launch window.
Want to experiment with principles of flight? Be sure to check out Launch Lab, located in the Aerospace gallery.
Around and Around
Imagine Space Travel
Rendezvous in Space
Explore the Dawn of Space Travel
The Aerospace gallery is one of the largest collections of Apollo-era artifacts in the state. With items on loan from the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and NASA Langley Research Center, it’s an impressive representation of the dawn of American space travel.
Marvel at the Mercury-Atlas 5, the first American spacecraft to orbit the Earth with a passenger. On November 29, 1961, a chimpanzee named Enos was launched into space, for a 2-orbit flight lasting 3 hours and 21 minutes. This successful flight served as the final test before John Glenn’s historic orbital flight 3 months later.
Explore a re-creation of the Apollo 15 landing site, featuring the final test mock-up of the actual lunar module launched into space. On July 26, 1971, Apollo 15 launched Commander David Scott, Lunar Module pilot James Irwin, and Command Module pilot Al Worden into lunar orbit. There they tested the first lunar rover and collected 171 pounds of lunar samples—including the Museum’s very own moon rock.