Monday, August 8, 2011

ATLANTApix: Apollo 1

Apollo 1 Command Module, replica at Tellus
Apollo 1 Command Module (replica at Tellus)
Having been a science fiction fan since I was six years old, you can only imagine how excited I was to be accepted as a volunteer at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. 

I was concerned that when I moved back to Atlanta that exposure to the aerospace industry would be limited to watching planes arrive and depart Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Those concerns were quickly laid to rest. There's lots of aerospace in least a lot more than I expected.

On a trip to Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia (40 minutes from Atlanta), earlier this summer, I got to see the 12-foot tall Apollo 1 Command Module replica used for the TV series, From Earth to the Moon, narrated by Tom Hanks.

The module was burned for the series to demonstrate the catastrophe that resulted in the loss of the astronauts on board during a training exercise. Parts of the module were returned to their original condition and other parts left burnt for historical context and in memory of the astronauts who gave theirs lives in the pursuit of space exploration.

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