The Apollo Lunar missions
were an important part of man's exploration of space. In the future
the Moon may be a very important base for exploration into deep
space. The background information, activities and lesson ideas
included are intended to help students and teachers explore the
Lunar Module, Apollo Missions and the Moon. The
Lunar Module at the Franklin Institute is pictured below. Explore
this site and use it as a springboard for learning more.
Click on the images for
larger views of the Lunar Module. You can also look at a labeled
drawing of the Module. Components labeled in red are a part
of the Institute's Module; components labeled in blue are missing
The fourth annual Space
Day took place May 4, 2000. Since 1997, it has been a way
to celebrate the incredible phenomena that exist in our universe
and honor the people who, through their space- related work, have
greatly contributed to science, medicine, and everyday life. Even
though this event only happens once a year, visitors to the Franklin
Institute can turn each day into Space Day.
A back and side view of the Module. The
yellow sign bears the inscription found below.
3-2-1...BLASTOFF! For years, those
who frequent the Institute's Science Park can imagine they are on a mission to Mars, landing on
the Moon, or leaving Earth to travel millions of miles into space.
The object that sparks these astronomical imaginings is the Lunar
Module, loaned to the Institute by NASA and exhibited outside
the museum since 1976.
|The ladder leading up to the entrance
(hatch with three vertical black lines)
and a close-up of the Module's entrance.
The inscription on the Lunar Module reads:
Module (LM) Restoration Team
A group of Grumman Aerospace Corporation retirees and employees
volunteered their time and labor to rebuild this spacecraft.
The LM restoration team dubbed themselves "The Spacecats" just
for this project. Another example of their versatile restorative
skills÷a U.S. Navy/Grumman F4F Wildcat, a World War II
fighter airplane÷is already on permanent display in the Smithsonian
Institution's Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
|In these pictures, some of the
Module's antennae are visible.
The Franklin Institute's Mandell Center stands in the background.
The Restoration Team consisted of the following
Grumman employees and retirees:
William Adams, George Black, Charles Chlanda, Helen Chlanda, Fred
Ciento, John DuDonis, Vinnie Emanuele, Anthony Ferrarioli, Milt
Guttenberger, Gus Henriksen, Chris Herrnkind, John Kacinski, John
Kost, William Murdoch, Joe Oliver, Joe Riccobono, Charles Salerno,
George Smith, Charles Staffeldt, Sid Steele, and Joe Stryjewski.
Project Director: Jake Bussolini; Consulting Engineer: Bob Specht;
Administrative Assistance: Erwin McCalla, Steve Kiss, and Karl
Note: The objects pictured above
are part of The Franklin Institute's protected collection of objects.
The images are © The Franklin Institute. All rights are reserved.