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All systems go for new Apollo 8 exhibit at Patriots Point

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The exhibit features informative displays. PROVIDED

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The Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum is taking visitors on a ride to the moon in their all-new interactive and immersive Apollo 8 Mission exhibit. The immersive capsule experience opened on the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11's landing on the moon. While on their simulated trip into space, guests inside the Apollo 8 capsule hear actual radio communication recorded during the mission. They are positioned exactly the same way the astronauts were strapped in, and enjoy video of the historic takeoff and views from space. A state of the art audio system recreates the amazing sound and feel of the launch.

“The Apollo 8 mission was a tremendous step for the Apollo program, and really demonstrates America's greatness,” said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. “These men were first to orbit the moon. They paved the way for the Apollo 11's landing seven months later. We want this exhibit to be a tribute to their dedication and success. It is also another step in bringing our museum to life.”

In addition to takeoff and a trip around the moon, the Apollo 8 capsule also simulates what it was like to travel back to Earth. Guests inside the capsule feel and hear a splash as the incredible machine crashes into the Pacific Ocean. The new exhibit is included in the admission price and located in the Yorktown's Hangar Bay 1.

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