An Open and Shut Case

This Apollo 18 command module also caught our attention at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The Apollo 18 mission was intended to land on the moon in the 1970s, but was cancelled. So the command module never made it to the moon – though it did enter earth orbit and dock with the Soyuz space station as part of the joint American-Russian Apollo Soyuz Test Project.

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To us that open door into the command module was oddly reminiscent of the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” – the scene where Dave says “Open the pod bay doors, Hal”. Actually, it looks like opening the door of the command module is a rather complicated affair.

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