This very-high fidelity mockup of the Lunar Module was built by Grumman for use by NBC during their coverage of the lunar landings. It is now on display at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson, Kansas. The model was restored and enhanced by SpaceWorks of Hutchinson, Kansas. It simulates the Apollo 15 mission with the […]Read more "Lunar Module Mockup"
This restored as a Block 2 capsule and mounted in ASTP (Apollo-Soyuz Test Project) display at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas.Read more "Apollo 1-G Trainer (JSC #2)"
This is an early engineering model of the Lunar Module built by Grumman for test purposes (LTA = Lunar Test Article).Read more "Lunar Module Test Article (LTA-3A)"
The remains of the first attempt to launch a Mercury capsule on an Atlas booster are on display at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas. These fragments were recovered from the Atlantic Ocean.Read more "Mercury-Atlas 1 (MA-1)"
Apollo Command Module BP 1102A in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the National Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. BP-1102 was used for water egress training for all Apollo flights, including by the crew of Apollo 11, the first lunar landing mission. It was also adapted for mock-up interior components and used by astronauts to practice […]Read more "BP-1102a"
When visiting the U.S. Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, I was a bit under the weather. At the time the primary focus of my visit was to see Apollo 16. The expansion to include the various boilerplates, trainers, and other critical artifacts, like the MQFs, were not on my mind as I wandered through the […]Read more "Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF002)"
Docked in Alameda, California is the USS Hornet. Now a museum, this is the carrier that the Apollo 11 astronauts returned to (and Apollo 12). Sitting on her hanger deck is Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF004). This MQF was used for the quarantine of the crew of Apollo 14. On the floor of the hangar deck, they […]Read more "Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF004)"