“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Pearlington in Hancock County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)

Lunar Lander

Lunar Lander Marker image. Click for full size.
September 16, 2017
1. Lunar Lander Marker
During the 1960s, this vehicle was used as a trainer
by the Apollo astronauts for their moon missions.

"The Eagle has landed," said astronaut Neil Armstrong as he and Buzz Aldrin descended in their Lunar Lander onto the lunar surface, becoming the first humans to land on the moon.

Another Lunar Lander, Aquarius, served as a "lifeboat" for the Apollo 13 astronauts. Fred Haise from Biloxi, Mississippi, (whose signature can be found in the concrete behind you and to the right), Jim Lovell and John Swigert were all astronauts aboard that mission.

When the Saturn V spacecraft would enter into orbit around the moon, the Lunar Lander would separate and descend to the moon's surface with two of the three crew members aboard. Once it landed, it served as a "base camp" while the astronauts explored the moon.

Once their visit was complete, the Lunar Lander Vehicle (LLV) would launch from the lunar landing site to redock with the Command Module as it orbited around the moon.

NASA Stennis Space Center, originally called Mississippi Test Facility, was established in the 1960s to test fire the rocket engines for the 36-story tall Saturn V rocket that took America to the moon.

The men and women of NASA and the citizens of this area made numerous sacrifices to see that the Saturn V had the

Lunar Lander and Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Lunar Lander and Marker
power needed to get to its destination.

This Lunar Lander Vehicle stands as testimony to "mission accomplished."
Erected by Infinity Science Center.
Location. 30° 18.835′ N, 89° 35.98′ W. Marker is in Pearlington, Mississippi, in Hancock County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 10 at milepost 2, half a mile west of State Highway 607, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: I-10, Pearlington MS 39572, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gainesville Volunteers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Special Operations Craft Riverine (approx. 0.3 miles away); H-1 Rocket Engine (approx. 0.3 miles away); TAO Buoy (approx. 0.3 miles away); F-1 Rocket Engine (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tsunami Buoy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Infinity Eagle (approx. 0.3 miles away); John C. Stennis Space Center (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pearlington.
More about this marker. Located at the Mississippi Welcome Center off I-10.
Categories. Air & SpaceScience & Medicine

Lunar Lander image. Click for full size.
September 16, 2017
3. Lunar Lander
Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2017.
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