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Space-Related Odds and Ends - June 29, 2018

NASA insignia for the Apollo program

Q: Restoration experts at the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson are currently restoring the NASA consoles used at Mission Control during the Apollo 11 moon landing. SpaceWorks, a division of the Cosmosphere, has already restored another major artifact from the Apollo missions. What is it? We need to know what it is and what it's called -- the actual NAME of this famous artifact. 

A: the Apollo 13 Command Module, known as the Odyssey

SpaceWorks, a division of the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, is the company that restores and preserves space-related artifacts. The company is currently restoring the consoles used at Mission Control during the Apollo 11 moon landing. "The Eagle landed" on July 20, 1969 -- nearly 50 years ago -- and SpaceWorks plans to have the consoles restored for NASA before next year's 50th anniversary celebration of that mission. The preservation experts at SpaceWorks have been hired by NASA, the Smithsonian, Hollywood movie-makers and museums around the world to restore various items and build professional exhibits. In addition to its work on Apollo mission artifacts, SpaceWorks also restored the Liberty Bell 7.  

Learn more about SpaceWorks and check out some of the cool things there are to see at the Kansas Cosmosphere.

Fun factoid: In the 1970s, the Apollo 11 mission to the moon was commemorated on U.S. dollar coins. The so-called Ike Eisenhower "silver" dollar coins featured President Dwight Eisenhower on the obverse. The reverse featured the North American bald eagle (representing America) landing on the surface of the Moon, as in -- "the Eagle has landed." The Eagle is the name of the lunar module that carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the Moon in July of 1969.  They planted an American flag before flying back home to planet Earth. American astronauts went back to the Moon five more times. During some missions, astronauts tooled around the lunar landscape in a Moon buggy and played golf. (Now, that's just showing off.) It's been nearly 50 years since America landed a man on the Moon. No other country has done this.

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