An Apollo lunar module has taken a small step towards a giant display in Mississippi.
The Infinity Science Center on Tuesday (Feb. 26) served as the landing site for the 50-year-old moon lander mockup, which was lowered and positioned by crane onto a cement apron outside of the Pearlington non-profit educational attraction.
“The Eagle has landed! This afternoon, Infinity welcomed a new addition to our suite of Apollo exhibits,” the science center posted to its Facebook page, sharing photos of the delivery.
For an artifact associated with a quarter-of-a-million-mile journey into space, Tuesday’s move was considerably shorter. The lunar module had previously been on display at the nearby Mississippi Welcome Center located adjacent to the Infinity Science Center at Exit 2 on Interstate 10. The four-legged, 20-foot-tall (6-meter) lander had been mounted atop pillars 10 feet (3 meters) off the ground.
“During the 1960s, this vehicle was used as a trainer by the Apollo astronauts for their moon missions,” read an informational plaque placed near the former display at the welcome center.
A low-fidelity mockup constructed from military-grade aluminum, the lunar module had been used to work out how spacesuited astronauts would exit and enter the vehicle to descend to or ascend from the moon’s surface.