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The Saint Louis Science Center is one of four science museums nationwide that will host “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

The exhibition will feature the Apollo 11 command module Columbia, marking the first time in 46 years it has left the museum.“Destination Moon” will be at the Science Center from April 14 to Sept. 3, 2018. The 49th anniversary of the moon landing is July 20, 2018.

On May 25,1961 President John F Kennedy issued a challenge to the American people to have a man on the moon and return safely to earth before the end of the decade.

The distance between earth and the moon is 240,250 miles.

One and half billion people around the globe watched live on July 20,1969 at 8:18pm eastern time as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first two individuals to land on the moon. Six hours later Neil Armstrong became the first to ever step on the lunar surface.

The Saturn 5 Rocket used for the Apollo 11 moon mission trip is still the most powerful rocket ever built.

The rocket weighed 6.2 million pounds with fuel. 4.7 million of the 6.2 million pounds was fuel for the rocket. The rocket had 55,000 horsepower and burned 3,357 gallons per second.