Indiana State Museum marking moon landing with special events, exhibits

Thanks to NASA, the Indiana State Museum has rocks from the moon that are on display ahead of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. (Photo:WTHR/Carlos Diaz)
50 Years Since Apollo 11 Launch
Celebrating 50 Years Since the Moon Landing
Celebrating Apollo 11 50 Years Later
Celebrating 50 Years Since Apollo 11 Launch

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — With Indiana's connection to the 50th Anniversary of the lunar landing, the Indiana State Museum is commemorating the event with a special exhibit and events leading up to July 20.

Gus Grissom is a native of Mitchell, Indiana, and was involved in the early days of the NASA space program. Grissom went to Purdue and was the pilot for the second Project Mercury flight, Mercury-Redstone 4. He tragically died during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Kennedy, Florida.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the moon, also has Hoosier ties. Armstrong also attended Purdue. Peggy Fisherkeller is the curator of geology at the state museum. She says Indiana still has a strong connection to NASA, and there are currently Hoosier astronauts on the roster.

One of the new attractions to the museum to commemorate Apollo 11 is a fuel tank from the spacecraft. It was made in Indianapolis and is now on display at the museum.

Events like space-related activities on the canal and family space day at the museum are happening in the days surrounding the historic launch and landing of Apollo. Click here to see all the activities the museum offers.

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