Apollo test
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Apollo program in Southern California

Apollo test
In 1965, a North American Aviation Inc. technician in Downey tests how well an Apollo command module can hold up against heat and cold. (North American Aviation Inc.)
Children in a capsule
Students sit in a replica of an Apollo spacecraft at Exposition Park in Los Angeles in 1963. (Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library)
Control room
Engineers in a simulated control room at North American Aviation Inc. in Downey, where the Apollo command module was assembled. (Los Angeles Times)
Apollo 8
The Apollo 8 spacecraft at the North American Aviation plant in Downey in 1968. (Associated Press)
Heat shield
In the “clean room” at North American Aviation in Downey, an engineer works on the Apollo heat shield in 1966. (Los Angeles Times)
Command module
An Apollo command module is assembled in Downey in 1965. (Los Angeles Times)
Long Beach Naval Station
An Apollo capsule is unloaded at Long Beach Naval Station in 1966. It was recovered in the Pacific by the aircraft carrier Hornet, which would serve as the recovery ship for Apollo 11 in 1969. (Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library)
Space suit
In Los Angeles in 1969, schoolchildren look at a model of a space suit worn by Apollo astronauts. (Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library)
Eating in space
In 1965, Frank J. Roberts, an Apollo engineer, demonstrates how astronauts eat in space. (Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library)
Moon rocks
Thousands of people stood in line at UCLA in 1969 to get a glimpse of moon rocks from the Apollo 11 mission. (Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library)
Soviet visit
Soviet cosmonaut Georgi T. Beregovoi, U.S. astronaut Eugene A. Cernan and others inspect the Apollo 11 capsule in Downey in 1969. (.Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library)
Neil Armstrong at LAX
Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, left, and Buzz Aldrin greet people at Los Angeles International Airport. They were in Los Angeles to attend a state dinner with President Nixon. (Associated Press)
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