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Half a Million Miles to the Moon & Back: Apollo 11’s Anniversary Tour

May 30, 2018

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission is a Smithsonian traveling exhibition that brings the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia to four cities – its first national tour since 1970/71. The exhibition also includes one-of-a-kind artifacts from this historic mission, the first to land men on the Moon.

FedEx Custom Critical is donating transportation of the Apollo 11 Command Module, along with the other exhibition artifacts, like astronauts’ star charts, survival kits, Buzz Aldrin’s helmet, and more. A team of experts prepared and shipped the items, relying on precision tracking, temperature and humidity control.

50 years after traveling over half a million miles to the Moon and back, Apollo 11 is putting in another 5,000+ miles in its anniversary tour.

The tour helps to set the stage for the unveiling of a completely reimagined permanent gallery at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Destination Moon, scheduled to open in 2021.

Tour Locations and Information

Space Center Houston | Oct. 14, 2017 – March 18, 2018
Saint Louis Science Center | April 14 – Sept. 3, 2018 (Currently on display!)
Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh | Sept. 29, 2018 – Feb. 17, 2019
The Museum of Flight, Seattle | March 16 – Sept. 2, 2019

Transportation services for Destination Moon were donated by FedEx through our FedEx Cares program. Whether it’s rare artifacts, traveling museum exhibits, or endangered animals to support conservation, we do more than deliver — we deliver for good.

And check out how the FedEx Space Desk works to meet the needs of the modern space industry. FedEx Space Solutions provides shipping solutions for the commercial space industry, from the world of small satellites to sensitive biomedical research.


    Daina St.Onge says:

    this is such an amazing exhibit. A must see if you are in the area.

    Edward Isaac says:

    I Remember my father who was working at the time at Western Ways, taking me to work to see the Apollo 11 capsule after it came back to earth about a month later. All the equipment insides was removed and only the wiring and metal seats were left. Burn marks and all. Wow

    Samuel Albright says:

    what I saw was nice and I will be in saint louis to see move of it.

    Diego Salazar says:

    Wow is Amazing!!!
    I want a go to saint Louis Science Center soon 🙂

    Luis Fernandez says:

    Part of the world History ! Proud #FedEx

    Tom Kienstra says:

    What a great accomplishment for the United States in the late 60’s. It reminds me of how great America was to rise to the challenge of landing men on the moon.
    Now I’m glad to be apart of the best transportation company in the world, managing the logistics of this anniversary tour.
    Tom Kienstra

    Carol Cleeland says:

    Very proud FedEx is donating the transportation to this Historical and Monumental exhibit. Thank you for bringing it to my attention!
    One Giant Leap for Mankind, indeed!

    Patricia Vining says:

    I remember watching this on TV as a child. Our family had been through a tragedy that year, but this was such a good thing to see! Please come to GA maybe Dobbins. Would love to share this with my grandchildren!!!

    Mike Marazas says:

    Being a space geek all my life and recently retired after 30 years(“Proud to work for FEDEX”) with FEDEX, I cannot wait to see this exhibit (and who else to transport it) and who else to being it’s finally resting place than the Smithsonian. Bravo Zulu

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