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St. Louis Science Center

Located in St. Louis, location of the McDonnell plant which built the spacecraft for Project Mercury and Project Gemini, the St. Louis Science Center is able to display several Mercury- and Gemini-related artifacts.

Previously the home of Gemini 6, that spacecraft was moved to the Oklahoma History Center and was replaced with an unflown spacecraft, Gemini 3A.

The St. Louis Science Center was the second-to-last stop on a two-week trip hitting aerospace museums in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and Missouri. Less than a week before our arrival, while we were on the road, Mercury spacecraft #19, formerly displayed in Switzerland, was put on display. It was a nice surprise -- I only expected to find the Gemini spaceacraft on display! Still in the process of being entirely unpacked, there were still shipping crates all around the area.

The entire area (including Gemini 3A) was taped off with a combination of CAUTION tape and "wet floor" barricades, but an inquiry at the information desk led me to meet the Associate Director of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, who graciously granted me access to the area, allowing me to move crates, barricades, and the like.

As of now, I have not yet sorted through all of my pictures of the St. Louis Science Center, 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.

 
Gemini 3A
Gemini 3A
Mercury S/C #19
Mercury S/C #19
Mercury Antenna Fairing
Mercury Antenna Fairing
Grissom Mercury Suit
Grissom Mercury Suit
Kennedy Golf Cart
Kennedy Golf Cart