Apollo-Soyuz Spacecraft

NASA’s last Apollo command module to launch into space has shed its skin to provide a better look at the capsule, which was the first United States spacecraft to fly a joint mission with Russia.

The American space vehicle that made up one half of the historic 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) has traded its Plexiglas cover for a new glass display case at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The six-sided enclosure not only affords the public a clearer view of the three-seat spacecraft, but also meets new conservation requirements set by the Smithsonian, which owns the artifact.

“The walls of the display case are made of laminated safety glass because glass has excellent visibility and will offer our guests a clear and unobstructed view of the ASTP command module,” said Devin Waller, the exhibit’s project manager at the California Science Center, in an interview with collectSPACE. “Unlike the softer acrylic case that was previously used, glass is more resistant to scratching and to chemical reactions that can damage the surface over time affecting the view of the artifact inside.”

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