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Kansas Cosmosphere

The Kansas Cosmosphere is located in Hutchinson, KS, and is one of only three museums to have a manned Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spacecraft on display. While a relatively small physical building, they have a large number of artifacts on display. The museum display galleries are very dark; I was told that the Cosmosphere adheres to the Smithsonian's guidelines as to the amount of light to which to subject artifacts, a standard to which the Smithsonian itself rarely complies.

The Cosmosphere has the second largest collection of space artifacts, second only to the Smithsonian; their web site says that they display only 7% of the artifacts in their collection. They helped set up the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.

The Cosmosphere's SpaceWorks division has restored and/or preserved numerous spacecraft and other artifacts and also fabricates museum-quality replicas of spacecraft, space suits, and the like. Their work was featured in movies and series such as Apollo 13, From the Earth to the Moon, and Magnificent Desolation. SpaceWorks is currently conserving the recovered F-1 rocket engines.

I've visited the Cosmosphere twice, once in 2008 and again in winter (the very cold part) of 2013. During the latter visit they really rolled out the red carpet for me, showing me around, introducing me to the staff, granting me special access, and generally doing anything they could do to make my visit a success!

Google Maps link.

As of now, I have not yet sorted through all of my pictures from the Cosmosphere, but some other page references this location. Thus, this is a "place holder" version right now, with only the pictures actually referenced. Come back some time later to see if I've finished up, or drop me an email to request me to prioritize the rest of these pictures.

 
Kansas Cosmosphere
Kansas Cosmosphere
Mercury Redstone
Mercury Redstone
Gemini-Titan
Gemini-Titan
F-1 Engine
F-1 Engine
Apollo 17 Statue
Apollo 17 Statue
SR-71
SR-71
Lunar Module Mockup
Lunar Module Mockup
Viking Lander
Viking Lander
Surveyor
Surveyor
Mars Rovers
Mars Rovers
Cut-Away H-1 Engine
Cut-Away H-1 Engine
SR-71 Components
SR-71 Components
Walther HWK 109-509A-1 (Me-163 Komet) Engine
Walther HWK 109-509A-1 (Me-163 Komet) Engine
V-2
V-2
V-1
V-1
X-1 Replica
X-1 Replica
XLR-99 Engine
XLR-99 Engine
Redstone Aft Unit and Warhead Section
Redstone Aft Unit and Warhead Section
Sonic Wind II Rocket Sled
Sonic Wind II Rocket Sled
First Satellites
First Satellites
Jupiter-C Nosecones
Jupiter-C Nosecones
Luna II Sphere
Luna II Sphere
Pioneer 4
Pioneer 4
Mercury MA-1
Mercury MA-1
RD-107 Engine
RD-107 Engine
Blockhouse 5/6
Blockhouse 5/6
LC 5/6 Window
LC 5/6 Window
A-7 Engine
A-7 Engine
Project Mercury Chimp Couch
Project Mercury Chimp Couch
LR-89 (Atlas Booster) Engine
LR-89 (Atlas Booster) Engine
Atlas Vernier Start Tank
Atlas Vernier Start Tank
Schirra Project Mercury Sigma 7 Training Suit
Schirra Project Mercury Sigma 7 Training Suit
Vostok (SK-1) Suit
Vostok (SK-1) Suit
Vostok
Vostok
Voskhod Berkut Suit
Voskhod Berkut Suit
Voskhod
Voskhod
Project Mercury Horizon Scanner
Project Mercury Horizon Scanner
Liberty Bell 7
Liberty Bell 7
Gemini 10
Gemini 10
Agena
Agena
Gemini Drogue Chute
Gemini Drogue Chute
Gemini Heatshield
Gemini Heatshield
S-IVB (Saturn V) Auxiliary Propulsion System Module
S-IVB (Saturn V) Auxiliary Propulsion System Module
Q-Ball
Q-Ball
Crawler-Transporter Tread
Crawler-Transporter Tread
Apollo Probe & Drogue System
Apollo Probe & Drogue System
PLSS
PLSS
Apollo 13
Apollo 13
Ascent Stage of Lunar Test Article 3 (LTA-3A)
Ascent Stage of Lunar Test Article 3 (LTA-3A)
White Room
White Room
Saturn IB Fin
Saturn IB Fin
Apollo 17 LRV Fenders
Apollo 17 LRV Fenders
Surveyor Scoop
Surveyor Scoop
RL-10 Engine
RL-10 Engine
ASTP
ASTP
F-1 Conservation Observation Gallery
F-1 Conservation Observation Gallery
Shuttle SRB Hold-Down Bolt
Shuttle SRB Hold-Down Bolt
Cut-Away A7L Suit
Cut-Away A7L Suit
Cosmosphere Vault
Cosmosphere Vault