Jan
10

Which Apollo astronaut also worked at the Smithsonian?

Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia"

Apollo 11 Command Module “Columbia”

Michael Collins, former director of the National Air and Space Museum. In 1969, Collins orbited the moon while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on its surface. He presided over the opening of the museum in 1976, as a signal from the Viking 1 spacecraft commanded a robotic arm to cut the ribbon on Earth.

Quite the résumé ›

Questions come alive at the Smithsonian. Seriously Amazing.


Posted: 10 January 2014
About the Author:

Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.