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Apollo Lunar Module LM-2 is put on display in National Air and Space Museum. It was built as a test vehicle and never flew. Those 10 lunar modules which were used during Apollo missions either (the asscent stage) crashed on the Moon, remained in the space or (the descent stage) were left on the Moon.
The descent (lower) stage of Lunar Module 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.
As for now (2006) 12 people (all Americans) have walked on the Moon. They all reached the Moon's surfuce in lunar modules during six Apollo missions in 1969 - 1972. The cost of the entire Apollo program was $135-billion in 2005 Dollars. Due to budget constraints NASA ceased the Project Apollo and launched the Space Shuttle program in 1972. The first space shuttle Columbia launched in 1981.
Address: 4th and Independence Ave, SW; Washington DC 20560
Directions: Metro station: l'Enfant Plaza. On southern part of the National Mall, east of the Castle and west of the National Museum of the American Indian and U.S. Capitol Building. Map here
Phone: +1 (202) 633 1000
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