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Apollo 11 new exhibit at ND Heritage Center & State Museum

Submitted Photo The moon landing exhibit includes moon rock fragments (above) from the Apollo 11 moon landing and a small North Dakota flag (left) that was taken on the journey. Flags from each state were part of the mission.

BISMARCK – An exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing has opened at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck.

Objects commemorating the Apollo 11 moon landing anniversary are on exhibit until the end of this month.

The United States government presented plaques with fragments of moon rocks to the people of every state and many nations, as well as small state flags that sometimes traveled on Apollo missions. Visitors to the exhibit can learn more about Apollo 11 and view the moon rock and two mini-flags that traveled to the moon on separate Apollo missions.

The N.D. Heritage Center & State Museum also has a moon fragment and a similar small North Dakota flag from Apollo XVII mission of Dec. 7-19, 1972, presented to the people of the state by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Apollo XVII was the final mission of NASA’s Apollo program.

Submitted Photo The moon landing exhibit includes moon rock fragments (above) from the Apollo 11 moon landing and a small North Dakota flag (left) that was taken on the journey. Flags from each state were part of the mission.

Where were you?

Where were you when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history as the first men to walk on the moon in July 1969?

Here are several responses to that question from Minot and Minot area people on Minot Daily News’ Facebook.

– Gina Mikolay Weaver. Lived in New York. They landed on my 16th Birthday!!

– Mary Decker. I was at Rice Lake watching on a small black and white TV. Many people crowded into the small cabin and we were on edge and excited! I was 15 years old??

– Jeff Richards. Swimming at the old Sandman Motel.

– Barbara Noble. In the hospital after a car accident.

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