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Apollo Astronaut Visits Czech and Slovak Museum For Special Ceremony

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (KGAN/KFXA) - The national Czech and Slovak Museum cut another ribbon on Saturday. The museum’s "Faces of Freedom" exhibit opened.

The new 7,000 square foot space details the struggles against communism that both cultures faced.

Captain Eugene Cernan was on hand to help christen the newest part of the museum.

He was the commander of the Apollo 17 mission and was the last man to walk on the moon.

His parents were of Czech and Slovak heritage.

"I took some of their pride with me to the moon. I took Slovak and Czech flags to the moon, brought them back, gave them back to the people," Captain Cernan said.

The museum had presentations and performances all day, including a conversation with Captain Cernan about his experience in space.

The night ended at 7 p.m. with a live performance of "The Finder's Daughter." at the Rockwell Collins Amphitheater.

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