It was a dark, dismal Saturday but the traffic was light and we didn't encounter any construction on I-75 as we traveled. On the trip home, it had begun to rain but the predicted snow didn't occur until later in the day.
Armstrong Air & Space Museum
Apollo Command Module (Mock-up)
Gemini Spacecraft (Mock-up)
Entrance Area to the museum
Neil Armstrong's First Flight
Items from Armstrong's childhood
Full-scale mock-up of Sputnik 1
My family visited my Uncle Joe and Aunt Sally Huesman one evening in October 1957 and we stood atop the river levee in Miamisburg and watched Sputnik fly overhead. I remember it being quite dim and hard to see among the stars. It is actually a small object and it orbited at an altitude of 359 miles so it was no wonder that it didn't present much of a visual target. Even so, we knew nothing would ever again be the same.
Tom would have been too tall for the original astronauts
Painting of Ohio astronaut John Glenn
Gemini VIII (the real thing, not a mock-up)
I remember when Neil Armstrong and David Scott flew this first docking mission in March 1966. While the docking with the Agena was accomplished, a thruster stuck and the mission had to be aborted. Armstrong proved his cool head was always in control. Read more about this mission here.
Close-up view of the interior of Gemini VIII
Armstrong sat in the seat closest to me (bottom)
One of Armstrong's space suits
Me in front of Gemini VIII
Apollo command module model (top) and various gear
Close-up of Apollo keyboard
"The astronauts used a keyboard like this one to transfer data to and from
the command module's onboard computer" - AASM
NASA actually called this a DSKY: Display and Keyboard Assembly. I can still remember the terminology from nearly 50 years ago.
Apollo 8's view of the earth and moon - first lunar orbit mission
A Saturn V engine
(certainly not a main engine; perhaps upper stage?)
I believe this is the plane Armstrong learned to fly in (hung from the ceiling)
Food used in the Apollo program
Personal hygiene articles used on Apollo
Coverall worn by Eugene Cernan (Apollo 17)
American flag carried to the moon aboard Apollo 11
Painting of Neil Armstrong's first step onto the moon
Bust of Neil Armstrong
Wapakoneta Daily News headline
Jim Lovell's coverall
Awards issued to Neil Armstrong
Armstrong's Back-up Space Suit for Apollo 11
Close-up of Armstrong's name on the suit
Moon rock brought back on Apollo 11
This is the "starry" view as you approach the central dome
Official Apollo 11 seal in wood
Among the well-wishes from around the world is this drawing from France
An oil painting of Armstrong and Aldrin on the moon
A painting of Aldrin backing down the LEM ladder. Armstrong is already on the surface.
(I'm there, too, via a reflection in the glass)
Kids enjoyed this Lunar Landing Simulator
A final look at a late-life Neil Armstrong
I talked with a worker at the museum for a few minutes, explaining that I attended Armstrong's homecoming on September 6, 1969. I remember hearing him, Bob Hope and Ohio governor James Rhodes speak at the fairgrounds. About 50,000 attended the event. The museum worker said she'd only been in Wapakoneta for eight years.