The Astronaut Monument

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Neil Armstrong's grandchildren unveil the Astronaut Monument on July 15, 2015.

The Astronaut Monument is a monument commemorating the training of Apollo astronauts in northern Iceland in 1965 and 1967. It is located outside the Exploration Museum in Húsavík, and contains the names of 32 Apollo astronauts who were sent to Iceland for training in geology for crewed lunar missions. Fourteen of the trainee astronauts later flew to the Moon, and seven of those conducted geology work on the lunar surface.

The monument includes the names of the astronauts, the American and Icelandic flags, the insignia of the Apollo program, and features two steel globes on top of two basalt columns to represent the Earth and the Moon.

The monument was unveiled on July 15, 2015, by the grandchildren of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong.[1][2]

Apollo geology trainees[edit]

The 32 Apollo astronauts listed on the monument are:

Seven of the trainees did geological research and sample collection while on the Moon: Armstrong, Bean, Cernan, Duke, Mitchell, Schmitt, and Scott.

Seven others flew to the Moon but did not land: Anders, Evans, Haise, Mattingly, Roosa, Swigert, and Worden.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Apollo astronauts revisit training area in Iceland and explore a new lava flow - The Exploration Museum". Archived from the original on 2019-04-02. Retrieved 2015-08-09.
  2. ^ "Barnabörn Armstrongs afhjúpuðu minnisvarða". Retrieved 2015-08-09.

Coordinates: 66°02′52″N 17°20′40″W / 66.047859°N 17.344387°W / 66.047859; -17.344387