Summary

A 1:3 scale model of the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander module, acquired in 1979 and used for a 10th anniversary exhibition, commemorating the landing of humans on the moon.

The Apollo 11 Lunar Lander, named 'Eagle', transported the first humans to the surface of the moon in 1969. It consists of two sections; the Descent stage which remained on the moon, and the Ascent stage which returned the astronauts to the Command Module (containing a third astronaut) in the moon's orbit. The Lander model depicts the two windows used for landing manoeuvres, a hatch and ladder for exit to the surface, four legs, and the various instruments and propulsion components to control the modules. The Lunar Lander was designed to disconnect from the Command and Service modules in lunar orbit and descend to the moon's surface with two astronauts. The Ascent stage returned the two astronauts to the orbiting Command and Service Modules. The Command module then disconnected from the Ascent stage and the Service module, and returned to Earth with the three astronauts.

Physical Description

Octagonal white painted wooden base unit with silver funnel in centre underneath and four silver legs. A smaller white painted wooden unit sits on top with dishes and antennae.

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