Maker: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), established 1959
Medium: plastic, lucite, brass, wood
Dimensions: 12 inches
Plastic model of the Apollo command module on a wood base. The teardrop-shaped command module has four windows, it is painted on both sides with "UNITED STATES" above an American flag sticker. The brass plaque on base is engraved: Apollo command module 1/15 scale presented to John F. Kennedy, President of the United States on the occasion of his visit to NASA Manned spacecraft center Houston, Texas 12 September, 1962.
The Apollo program (1960-1972) established preeminence in space for the United States in 1969 with the landing of two men on the moon and their safe return to Earth.
The Apollo spacecraft was made up of three sections: the Command Module, which contained the three-man crew’s living quarters and the spacecraft’s overall control center; the Service Module, which held equipment and the spacecraft’s propulsion system; and the Lunar Module, which carried two of the three crew members to the lunar surface.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, Massachusetts
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum