Vote: Send A Piece Of Pittsburgh To The Moon

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Photo credit Andrew Limberg

The once-in-a-lifetime Smithsonian exhibition Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission is beginning its “final countdown” at the Heinz History Center.

To commemorate the occasion, you can vote on something uniquely Pittsburgh that will be sent to the moon in 2021, when local company Astrobotic lands the first ever commercial lunar lander.

The Peregrine lunar lander, which will deliver the payload, is currently on display in the Destination Moon exhibit.

The History Center says you can choose from the following:

Heinz Pickle Pin – H.J. Heinz came up with this ingenious promotional item during the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Soil from Moon Park in Moon Township, Pa. – Founded in 1788, Moon Township is the oldest township in Allegheny County. Some historians suggest its lunar name came from its proximity to a crescent-shaped portion of the Ohio River.

Piece of a Steelers Terrible Towel – With six Super Bowl championships, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the greatest franchise in NFL history.

Photo of Toni Haggerty from Primanti Bros. – No visit to Pittsburgh is complete without a stop to see Toni at Primanti Bros. in the Strip District. Primanti’s signature sandwich (meat + fries + coleslaw + Italian bread) was invented as an affordable and practical meal for truck drivers and factory workers during the early 20th century.

City of Pittsburgh Flag Pin – The Black and Gold design featured on the City of Pittsburgh’s flag is based on the coat of arms of William Pitt, the first Earl of Chatham and the city’s namesake.

Kennywood Token – Founded in 1898 as a small trolley park, Kennywood Park has thrilled millions of visitors with its unique blend of state-of-the-art and death-defying rides with a nostalgic atmosphere.

Mister Rogers’ “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” song (on micro SD card) – Fred Rogers sung the iconic “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” song at the beginning of each episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which made its national debut on Feb. 19, 1968.

Write-in your own choice! – Pittsburghers will also have the option to write-in which object they think should be sent to the Moon.


Voting runs now through Wednesday, February 15 and the winning Pittsburgh artifact will be announced the week of February 18, the day Destination Moon closes at the History Center.