About the Exhibition: Apollo: When We Went to the Moon chronicles the timeline from the beginning of the Space Race – a time when the U.S. and Soviet Union competed over their accomplishments in space exploration – to the collaborative culture of the International Space Station program and beyond. Through objects and artifacts from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s archives that set the scene for the era, it explores the social and political forces that pushed these nations to sacrifice man and machine in order to be the first humans to set foot on the moon. Experience the best of technology and exploration through the eyes of the engineers and in the boots of the astronauts who took us to the moon 50 years ago.
Apollo: When We Went to the Moon
Katherine G. Johnson at work, 1962. Photo by Bob Nye, courtesy of NASA Langley Research Center.
Apollo & Virginia: The Apollo 11 Moon landing (July 20, 1969) forever changed our understanding of humanity’s limitations and furthered man’s collective fascination with interplanetary travel. While humankind is certain of when we got to the Moon, many do not know the important role Virginia played in getting us there.
The history of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton reveals the complex and sometimes dangerous work that needs to happen to take us to infinity and beyond. The VMHC has partnered with Langley to present a special section of the exhibition that explores Virginia's place in the story of how the U.S. went from having the smallest aeronautics program in the Western world to becoming the first nation to land an astronaut on the Moon.