In the culmination of the Apollo space program, between July 1969 and December 1972, NASA landed six manned missions on the Moon. After being blasted into space in tiny, cramped Command Modules that sat like hats atop Saturn V rockets, the most powerful rockets ever built, twelve men had the most incredible, unique experience of walking on another world.
Of course, this means that twelve spacesuits bounded across the lunar surface, protecting those men wearing them, like private spaceships. Last week we saw one of those spacesuits, once worn by Apollo 14 commander, Alan Shepard.
Shepard’s spacesuit is displayed in a small room off the main hall of the Apollo/Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center. It stands opposite the Apollo 14 Command Module Antares, which carried him and his fellow astronauts, Stuart Roosa and Edgar Mitchell, to the Moon in January 1971.
It still has the moon dust ingrained in it surface!
I always say that I’d love to go to the Moon, but staring through the glass of Shepard’s helmet makes you wonder… how many of us would really have had the stuff to make such an dangerous, epic Journey?
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