The sign accompanying the spacecraft. It reads
Apollo 11 Command Module, Columbia
Columbia was the only part of the Apollo 11 spacecraft to
return intact to Earth. It carried the crew, equipment, and precious lunar
samples through a fiery reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.
Following Columbia's triumphant
50-state tour in 1970, during which it was seen by more than 3 million
Americans, NASA transferred it to the Smithsonian for preservation and display.
||10 ft. 7 in. (3.2 m)
||12 ft. 10 in. (3.9 m)
||11,700 pounds (5,307 kg) at splashdown
||Aluminum alloy, stainless steel, titanium
||North American Rockwell, Downey, California
Transferred from NASA