A local museum is displaying a part of history for the next few months.
It’s been 50 years since we landed on the Moon and Monday is the first day of the ‘Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Exhibit and Idaho is its first stop in the country.
‘Apollo 11’ was the space flight that landed the first two people on the Moon back in July of 1969.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ‘Apollo 11,’ the Museum of Rexburg is featuring the ‘Apollo Redux Exhibit’ at the Legacy Flight Museum in Rexburg through the end of September.
“It’s very cool. We’re very excited,” says Alisha Tietgan, Museum of Rexburg.
Visitors coming to the exhibit can actually touch and feel a piece of history with an actual piece of the console used at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas during the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
“This gives you an opportunity to pretend to be one of those people who sat at the console and to go through what they might have done and learn about them and also it shows the data that they used during the Moon landing,” says Tietgan.
Visitors are also able to learn more history about the people that sat at the console the day of the Lunar landing.
“Oh I can tell you my favorite part. That would be the video that’s just on here that shows the actual landing on the Moon and it goes back and forth between mission control and the actual footage of the Moon and half of the Lunar module landing on it, which is very interesting,” says Sibhan Papworth, Museum of Rexburg.
“I think it’s just a beautiful piece of history. I mean honestly this feels like a once in a lifetime opportunity to see an actual piece from the console from mission control. This is what they touch. This is what they used to put people, to put human beings on the Moon, which is incredible,” adds Papworth.
Exhibit coordinators say there are only six of these exhibits across the nation and this is the only one in Idaho.
“Well truth be told, I was a young astronaut in 5th grade , so I have a special feeling for space and for the Moon landing and it’s just something that’s always kind of intrigued me, so to be able to be part of that 50th anniversary is exciting,” says Tietgan.
The second part of the ‘Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Exhibit’ will be located at the Museum of Rexburg, where it will feature a documentary film, a timeline of the mission, interactive iPad displays and ‘tech through the decades’ display.
Tickets for the ‘Apollo Redux Exhibit’ can be purchased at the Legacy Flight Museum for $8 for adults and $3 for children from the ages 8-17.
With the purchase of admission to the Legacy Flight Museum, visitors will receive a ticket that provides them with free admission to the Museum of Rexburg.
The Legacy Flight Museum is located at 400 Airport Road in Rexburg.
The Museum of Rexburg, Home of the Teton Flood Exhibit, is located in the basement of the Rexburg Tabernacle, located at 51 North Center Street in Rexburg.