LEWES, De – It has been called the final frontier and the First State has played a role in its exploration. Some of Delaware’s contribution to America’s space program are highlighted this month at the Lewes Public Library. Titled DEstination Space, the emphasis is on DE for Delaware. ILC Dover has been producing space suits for astronauts for over fifty years, including those worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin when they took mankind’s first steps on the Moon.
“We have a lot of retirees in this area that remember this time,” Lewes Public Library Development Director Rebecca Lowe said. “This is just really about recalling that, honoring the folks who were a part of it, and remembering all of our history.”
Another Delaware connection is that of Lewes’ Theodore Freeman. He was part of the Apollo rotation and most likely would have been one of the few in history to walk on the Moon. Freeman died in 1964 when the jet he was flying crashed during its final approach to Houston’s Ellington Air Force Base. A stretch of U.S. Route 9 in Lewes is now named in his honor.
Other Delaware contributions include the first color television camera on the Moon. It was made from Dupont materials and was a part of the Apollo 12 mission.