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December 24, 2018


Fifty years ago, on December 24, 1968, three Apollo 8 astronauts peered through the small glass window of their command module hatch as they sped around the back side of the Moon. Below them was the cratered gray surface that no human had seen before.

November 19, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Destination Moon

The History Center Museum Shop is your destination for out of this world holiday gifts this season. This year, the Shop is featuring new, space-themed gifts in honor of the Smithsonian’s Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission exhibition. We’ve got something for all the space buffs on your list!

October 23, 2018

Getting to the Moon: Photos from NASA

Starting in 2007, NASA has been scanning and posting hundreds of thousands of its images; the collection grows daily at no cost to taxpayers. I’ve chosen a handful that give a quick look at some of the achievements and missions leading up to Apollo 11; these accompany a feature in the Fall 2018 Western Pennsylvania History magazine.