Day Trip To Space

There’s a major interstate freeway that connects the top of Michigan with Florida called I75. It starts on the Canada – United States border in the Upper Peninsula and ends in suburban Miami some 1700 miles later. It’s a major artery driven by millions of people a day and I’ve made countless journeys on it. Working in Louisville gave me ample opportunity to drive through Ohio along I75. I’ve seen the Armstrong Air & Space Museum countless times and never stopped.

Early one Monday morning during my commute through Ohio I exited to find gas and coffee. I really didn’t pay any attention to the exit, but when pulling out of the gas station a strange sight caught my eye.

Space craft

That’s not something you see every day! I had to stop for a quick visit.

Apollo command module
The crew compartment in the Gemini command module is REALLY small
Info plaque

For some reason more astronauts have come from Ohio than any other state. Same with US Presidents. I don’t understand it.

Scale replica of planets in solar system
Jet in suburban setting

It’s strange to see jets in public settings.

This quick stop really opened my eyes to what would be a nice day trip from Detroit. It’s only around 160 miles or 2.5 hours drive. Admission is $8 for adults, free for kids under 6, and $4 for kids 6-12.


From October to March:
Tuesday – Saturday:  9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday:  11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday: Closed

From April to September:
Monday – Saturday:  9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday:  11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Armstrong Air & Space Museum
500 Apollo Dr
Wapakoneta, OH  45895

~ Freddy


I'm an engineer, a veteran, and an avid traveler. I agree with Robert Louis Stevenson - "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."

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