The SPACE MUSEUM is planning a tour to two world class air and space museums. The tour will depart from St. Louis on Monday, April 29, and return on Wednesday, May 1.
The KANSAS COSMOSPHERE & SPACE CENTER (cosmo.org) is one of the most comprehensive space museums in the world and one of the leading educational tourist attractions in the United States. Its 105,000 square feet houses a U.S. space artifact collection second only to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow, the Hall of Space Museum is known by space enthusiasts worldwide. The Hall of Space Museum is one of only three museums in the world to display flown spacecraft from all three early-manned American space programs – Mercury (Liberty Bell 7), Gemini (Gemini 10) and Apollo (Apollo 13).
The STAFFORD AIR & SPACE MUSEUM (staffordmuseum.com) is located in Weatherford, Oklahoma, birthplace of legendary astronaut and aviation pioneer General Thomas P. Stafford. It houses one of the finest collections of aviation and space flight exhibits in the central United States. From the outside, it is difficult to appreciate the size of the museum, which has nearly an acre under its roof. The museum’s Aviation collection ranges from full-scale replicas of the Wright Flyer, Wright Glider, and the Spirit of St. Louis, to actual T-33, F-104, F-86, T-38, Mig-21, and F-16 aircraft.
A large and comprehensive collection of space flight artifacts are exhibited, many highlighting General Stafford’s historic Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10, and Apollo-Soyuz space missions, including his flown Gemini 6/9 and Apollo 10 space suits. The museum maintains one of the only complete Titan II missiles on indoor display, along with one of the most complete collections of man-rated rocket engines in existence. Hundreds of artifacts, many flown in space or to the moon, and representing every American manned space program, are displayed throughout the facility.
Earl Mullins, President
The Space Museum
116 E. School Street
Bonne Terre, MO 63628