,” Space Center Houston and partners the National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, or SITES, welcome the landing module from Apollo 11 — the mission that coined the immortal phrase “the eagle has landed” — for the first of four stops on a tour that marks its first time leaving the Smithsonian since 1971. Related artifacts on display include Buzz Aldrin’s visor and gloves, Michael Collins’ Chronograph watch, and a spaceman survival kit with a wicked-looking knife. Already permanent home to the module from Apollo 17, the program’s final mission, now the Smithsonian-affiliated nonprofit has a matching set. “The [new] exhibit gives our guests the chance to experience the historic bookends to humanity’s only visits to the moon,” says Meridyth Moore, Space Center Houston’s public relations specialist.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Continuing 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; see website for extended holiday hours. October 14 through March 18. 1601 East NASA Parkway. For information, call 281-244-2100 or visit spacecenter.org
. $24.95 to $36.
For eons the moon has loomed in the evening sky, beckoning poets, dreamers, and the scientists and astronauts of NASA’s Apollo program who landed there in 1969. For “