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Apollo 11 module, exhibit headed to Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center

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The Command Module Columbia from the 1969 Apollo 11 mission that landed the first men on the moon.
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This illustration provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows an artist's conception of what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like, based on available data about their diameters, masses and distances from the host star. The planets circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter. Three are in the so-called habitable zone, where liquid water and, possibly life, might exist. The others are right on the doorstep.
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This handout infographic released by the European Southern Observatory on February 22, 2017 displays some artist's illustrations of how the seven planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1 might appear including the possible presence of water oceans alongside some images of the rocky planets in our Solar System. Information about the size and orbital periods of all the planets is also provided for comparison; the TRAPPIST-1 planets are all approximately Earth-sized.
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This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows an artist's conception of what the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f may look like, based on available data about its diameter, mass and distances from the host star. The planets circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter. Three are in the so-called habitable zone, where liquid water and, possibly life, might exist. The others are right on the doorstep.
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This handout artists impression released by the European Southern Observatory on February 22, 2017 shows the view just above the surface of one of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system.
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This handout artists impression released by the European Southern Observatory on February 22, 2017 shows the view just above the surface of one of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system.

The Senator John Heinz History Center will be one of four Smithsonian-affiliated museums next year to serve as host for the exhibit “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission.”

The Pittsburgh exhibit, from Sept. 29, 2018, to Feb. 18, 2019, is part of a two-year national tour. It will take place while the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum completes renovations leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in 2019. The other stops include the Houston Space Center, the St. Louis Science Center and the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

The exhibition’s centerpiece is the Command Module Columbia — the only portion of the historic spacecraft to complete the first mission to land a man on the moon and safely return him to Earth. It will mark the first time since the museum opened in 1976 that the Command Module Columbia will leave the National Air and Space Museum. The exhibit also features dozens of other artifacts from the historic Apollo 11 mission in 1969, with the crew of Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin.

“It is fitting that the ‘Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh’ will host this exhibition, since innovations from Pittsburgh companies such as Westinghouse, Alcoa, North American Rockwell, Union Switch & Signal and others played an important role in putting a man on the moon,” History Center CEO Andy Masich said in a news release.

“Destination Moon” will include an interactive 3-D tour, created from high-resolution scans of Columbia performed in spring 2016 at the Smithsonian.

The interactives will allow visitors to explore the entire craft including its intricate interior, which has been inaccessible to the public until now.

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