One of the signs by LM-2. It reads
APOLLO LUNAR MODULE
This is an actual lunar module, one of 12 built for Project Apollo. It was
meant to be used in low Earth orbit to test the techniques of separation,
rendezvous, and docking with the command and service module. The second of two
such test vehicles, its mission was canceled because of the complete success
of the first flight.
The lunar module had two stages. The descent (lower) stage was equipped with a
rocket motor to slow the rate of descent to the lunar surface. It contained
exploration equipment and remained on the Moon when the astronauts left. The
ascent (upper) stage contained the crew compartment and a rocket motor to
return the astronauts to the orbiting command module. After the crew entered
the command module for the trip back to Earth, the lunar module was released
and eventually crashed into the Moon.
||7 m (23 ft)
||9.4 m (31 ft)
||15,150 kg (33,450 lb)
||Grumman Aerospace Corp.
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration