Kennedy Space Center Marks Apollo 50th With Mission Trading Cards

Space.com | 5/17/2019 | Robert Z. Pearlman
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For guests visiting NASA's Kennedy Space Center this weekend, Apollo history is in the cards.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida will mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Apollo 10 mission on Saturday (May 18) by handing out free collectible trading card sets to the public. The giveaway continues a program celebrating each of the Apollo missions on their half-century milestones.

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"We wanted to mark each mission in a way that was fun and interesting, but also had an educational component. We were aware that maybe not every person who visits Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is familiar with the details behind the missions," said Rebecca Shireman, public relations and communications manager at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will distribute trading cards on the 50th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Apollo 10 mission.

"Each card set is similar to what people may know from baseball trading cards, in their size and as a reference. The cards display some facts about the mission and each astronaut who was part of that crew," Shireman told collectSPACE.com.

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As guests may learn from the trading cards given out on Saturday, the Apollo 10 mission lifted off on May 18, 1969 as the "dress rehearsal" for the first moon landing. The eight-day flight carried out all of the aspects of a landing mission, with the exception of the landing itself, aboard the command module "Charlie Brown" and lunar module "Snoopy."

The Apollo 10 crew of commander Thomas Stafford, command module pilot John Young and lunar module pilot Eugene Cernan were the first and only Apollo astronauts to leave Earth from Launch Complex 39B, and they set the Guinness World Record for the "highest speed attained by a crewed vehicle,"...
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