We have lift off! World Chess Hall of Fame celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing with space-themed exhibit

The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a free exhibit that is out of this world. Ground Control: A Journey Through Chess and Space will open Nov. 7, 2019 and will be on display through April 26, 2020.

The exhibit contains a broad range of artifacts including a chessboard flown on the final mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, as well as science fiction and space-themed chess sets from the WCHOF collection. Chess has been a part of iconic television shows and films set in space, including Star Wars and Star Trek.

“You don’t need to play or understand chess to appreciate all of the incredible items we’re presenting in this exhibit,” said Emily Allred, associate curator, WCHOF. “Whether you’re a space enthusiast, a pop culture junkie or a fan of history, there is something for everyone to see and enjoy at Ground Control.”

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