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The Exploration Museum intends to celebrate the 50th anniversary from the arrival of Apollo astronauts in Iceland

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  • Húsavík in North Iceland The Exploration Museum in Húsavík, North Iceland, intends to celebrate the 50th anniversary from the arrival of Apollo astronauts in Iceland. Photo/Pjetur

In 1965 the first of two groups of American Apollo astronauts visited Iceland to study geology and practice collecting samples, under the guidance of Icelandic and American geologists. Most of the astronauts who came to Iceland would later set foot on the moon between 1969 and 1972.

The Exploration Museum in Húsavík, North Iceland, intends to celebrate the 50th anniversary from the group’s arrival in Iceland by hosting a special exhibition, reports Mbl.

 

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Three Apollo astronauts have confirmed their attendance for the event this summer, Harrison Schmitt included. Schmitt was a crew member on board Apollo 17 and the next-to-last person to have walked on the moon. Neil Armstrong’s sons and grandchildren also plan to attend the happening.

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The Exploration Museum in Húsavík is dedicated to the history of human exploration, from the early explorers to the exploration of space. Monuments from the Apollo astronaut training are displayed in the museum’s main exhibition room, while other rooms feature the Viking exploration and other historic expeditions. 

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