Tulsa celebrates the Apollo anniversary
In July, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
An Apollo Command module is one of many elements in the upcoming “Apollo: A 50 Year Celebration” at Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium.
In July, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a temporary exhibit highlighting local contributions to the famed mission.
“Everyday Tulsans played a role in putting a man on the moon, and we want to honor their efforts,” says Kevin Meeks, TASM communications director. “For example, parts of the Saturn 5 rocket were made here (in Tulsa) at North American Aviation, which became Rockwell.”
The exhibit, “Apollo: A 50 Year Celebration,” will begin by detailing the space race and the Gemini and Mercury missions. On display will be an Apollo Command module and two large Master Command Control consoles, as well as a large model Saturn Rocket.
The exhibit also incorporates the story of Astronaut William Pogue, who was born in Okemah and raised in Sand Springs. He became an astronaut in 1966 when chosen as part of the Apollo Program’s Group 5.
In the months leading up to the launch of Apollo 11, Pogue worked in a support role to help Buzz Aldrin prepare for the historic moon landing. On launch day, July 16, 1969, Pogue worked in the command center, playing a key role in pre-launch. Pogue would go on to spend 84 days in space as part of the Skylab program, a record that stood for two decades.
TASM, located at 3624 N. 74th E. Ave., plans to display the exhibit for the next six months.