During July and August, the Atlantic City Free Public Library will display NASA space memorabilia in recognition of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. The memorabilia is from the personal collection of Atlantic City librarian Ben Pensiero. The exhibit is located in the display cases near the Main Library Help Desk.
Included in the collection are several photographs autographed by Apollo astronauts, including the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, and three other astronauts who walked on the surface of the moon: John Young, Charlie Duke and Gene Cernan.
The collection originally belonged to Nicholas Pensiero, who worked for RCA, an electronics company which manufactured many components used in the space program, including cameras and radars. Most of what RCA contributed to the space program was manufactured nearby in Moorestown and Camden.
Also showcased are posters of historic photographs of Apollo missions, a large LEGO model of the Saturn V rocket, and other unique items from RCA’s Apollo-era publicity. New items will be added to the display throughout the summer.