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Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team
Friday, March 15, 2019
Grissom Center to be Dedicated at the Space Museum in Bonne Terre, Missouri
By Carmelo Turdo
Aero Experience visited The Space Museum today ahead of tomorrow's dedication
of the new Grissom Center in Bonne Terre, MO. The Grissom Center, named for
astronaut Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, tells the story of the U.S. space
program with emphasis on manned exploration from the Mercury spacecraft to the Space Shuttle
years. The displays are neatly and logically arranged, with a mix of original
space hardware, models and documents that lend authenticity to the exhibits.
The museum is supported in part by McDonnell Douglas retirees, some of whom
directly contributed to the development and production of the Mercury and
Gemini spacecraft in St. Louis. Saturday's formal event passes are sold out,
but walk-ins will be welcomed at the 10:00 A.M. dedication and will receive
anytime passes for a future visit. Photos from our visit to the Grissom Center
appear below, the first featuring (L-R) Space Museum President Earl Mullins,
George Leopold, author of Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus
Grissom, and Lowell Grissom.
The Aero Experience will be on site at the Grissom Center Saturday. Check back next week for our team coverage of this great Midwest Aerospace event!