The Yankee Air Museum has launched its first-ever traveling exhibit and NASA Fly Me to the Moon is out of this world in every way. The opening starred Jack Lousma, former NASA astronaut and always a Michigan hero.
NASA Fly Me to the Moon includes interactive exhibits, historic artifacts, incredible models and will be on display through May 10, 2013. Yankee Air Museum is located at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti and open Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information: yankeeairmuseum.org.
A Michigan native, Mr. Lousma is pictured above, high above Earth, on an Extra-Vehicular Activity while a member of the second manned crew on the Sklyab Space Station. He later served as commander of the third Space Shuttle mission, the test flight STS-3.
Mr. Lousma also served on the astronaut support crews of the Apollo 9, 10, and 13 missions. The line made famous in the movie “Apollo 13″ — “Houston, we have a problem” — was received at NASA Mission Control in Houston by Jack Lousma.
The NASA Fly Me to the Moon exhibition represents the first ever travelling exhibition hosted by the Yankee Air Museum. The exhibit is made possible through the services of the Kalamazoo Air Zoo and NASA.
The exhibition features one-third scale models of the Apollo Command/Service Module and Lunar (Excursion) Module. Visitors will learn about science gained though manned space exploration, including America’s first manned space observatory aboard Sklylab, which provided groundbreaking information about solar physics.
Exhibits and activities also include:
- Interactive Science Experiments
- Shuttle Repair Station
- Astronomy Observation Station
- Velcro Wall
- Bungee Run
- The chance to fly an education simulator in a NASA F-18 over Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral
Apollo 17 Commander Eugene Cernan salutes the flag of the United States of America during the mission’s first of two lunar EVA. In the background are the Lunar (Excursion) Module and the General Motors-built Lunar Rover. Cernan and astronaut-geologist Harrison Schmitt stayed on the surface of the moon in the Taurus-Littrow lunar valley for three days while astronaut Ronald Evans piloted the Command Module overhead.