Pax River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM) updates and new exhibit features a piece of the moon

PRNAM has adjusted its hours, membership and admission rates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s open Fridays and Saturdays (10-5) and Sundays (12-5) in July.

In 2009, one of the best-known astronauts in the world, U.S. Navy Captain Jim Lovell, was awarded one of the coveted ‘Ambassador of Exploration’ awards by NASA in a special ceremony at PRNAM. These awards were given to the first generation of explorers in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs for realizing America’s goal of going to the moon. The award is an actual moon rock mounted in an acrylic-encased holder for public display. Lovell, in turn, graciously presented it to PRNAM for safekeeping and display in recognition of his affection for having spent several years at the Pax River NAS attending the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and subsequent test pilot assignments. The lunar sample, now on full-time display at the museum, is a national treasure that is available for all guests of the museum to see in person right here in Southern Maryland.

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