Apollo 11 Command Module Enters Cincinnati's Orbit | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Apollo 11 Command Module Enters Cincinnati's Orbit

It's the only portion of the historic Apollo 11 spacecraft to return to Earth after taking humans to the moon, and it's now in Cincinnati for a limited time.

The Columbia command module is the centerpiece of "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission," opening Saturday at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Columbia underwent restoration in 2017, allowing visitors to see it more clearly, says Kathrin Halpern, "Destination Moon" project director with the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service. She says to pay close attention to the side opposite the hatch.

"You'll notice quite a bit of scorching on the back side of the command module and that's because it was the leading edge for re-entry, so you can actually see the history of the mission on the body of the command module."

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