Outer space is coming down to Nebraska.
“Space: Humanity’s Longest Journey” opened this weekend at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
The temporary exhibit opened Saturday with a special event commemorating the moon landing, and it continues through Sept. 15.
Retired astronaut and Nebraska native Clayton Anderson gave a presentation on the future of spaceflight.
The exhibit includes artifacts from humanity’s time in space, as well as artwork such as Soviet Union propaganda posters and science fiction art by Chesley Bonestell. Artifacts are on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the Cosmosphere and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
They include actual items from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Spacesuits from the Soviet and U.S. programs are displayed together, showing differences between the two. Pop culture artifacts depicting the space race and newspapers from the time also will be on display.
Photos and information about the space race, including the chimps and dogs sent into space before humans, will be a part of the exhibit.
One talking point is a facsimile of a ’60s-era living room designed to evoke the feel of watching the moon landing on a black-and-white television.
“When you’d sit on your leather couch on your tiled floor and have a black and white TV to watch the takeoff and the landing,” said Aly Rasmussen, the museum’s marketing director. “It has the really retro kind of feel.”