Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Nixon Space Artifacts: Natl. Archives Exhibit

Nixon's Space Legacy Unveiled at National Archives

Jan.  9 - Centennial of Birth of 37th U.S. President

Date: 08 January 2013 Time: 12:32 PM ET
Nixon's Hotline to the Moon
On July 20, 1969, President Richard M. Nixon used this olive green telephone to talk to the first astronauts on the moon. The same phone is now on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The telephone that was used to place the historic first Earth-to-moon long distance call is now on public display at the National Archives, along with other spaceflight artifacts related to Richard Nixon's presidency.

"Nixon and the U.S. Space Program" opened on Monday (Jan. 7) within the "Public Vaults" exhibit in the National Archives Building in Washington. The archivist of the United States David Ferriero and Jim Gardner, executive of legislative archives, presidential libraries, and museum services, oversaw a ribbon cutting for the mini-exhibit.

The display, which was organized in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Richard M. Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, features rarely seen documents, photos, and objects that represent milestones in human spaceflight that took place during Nixon's time in the White House, from 1969 through 1974.

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