Starting this week, step into the NASA boots of Apollo 13
Commander James Lovell and Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and
Harrison "Jack" Schmitt.
The three made casts of their hands and boots for the on-going
"Shoot for the Moon" exhibit at the Adler Planetarium where people
can place their hands or feet inside the molds. The casts and other
moon-themed activities are kicking off at the Adler to celebrate
Apollo 17's 40th anniversary.
The casts will go on display beginning this week as part of
Adler's celebration of Apollo 17's 40th anniversary. Other "moon
themed" activities are planned through Dec. 22, including a speaker
series on "The Future of Space Exploration" that kicks off Dec.
The ongoing "The Footsteps of Explorers" exhibit features
simulations of lunar soil and allows participants to make rubbings
of astronauts' shoes through Dec. 1.
Apollo 17 launched on Dec. 7, 1972, and was the last of the
Apollo missions. Cernan and Schmitt landed on the moon, where no
one has been to since. Cernan was born in Chicago, and dedicated
his molds to his parents.
In 1970, Lovell and his crew navigated the crippled Apollo 13
spacecraft safely back to Earth after an oxygen tank explosion.
Apollo 13 circled the moon but never landed. Lovell and his family
own the Lovell's of Lake Forest restaurant, opened in 1999.
Stephanie Sunata and Meghan Leach are students at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and part of the Medill News Service.
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