Welcome to Day 10 of “28 Photos Later”.
Today’s photo has a “10” connection, and I’m calling it “The Ultimate Expat Assignment”.
This small container was the highlight of my visit to the Science Museum in South Kensington in January. Such a battered old thing, and small, but it has been to space! It’s the command module for the Apollo 10 mission.
Three astronauts, Thomas Stafford, John Young and Eugene Cernan, orbited the moon in May 1969 but didn’t land there. They left that to the next mission, Apollo 11, in July 1969.
John Young did get his chance to land on the moon in 1972, on the Apollo 16 mission. Eugene Cernan was the commander of Apollo 17, becoming the 11th and last person to walk on the moon, and the subject of a recent movie – The Last Man on the Moon.
For more information on how the command module found its way from space to South Kensington, click here to read The Londonist.