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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-19-2006 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After a nationwide six-year tour, the Liberty Bell 7 returned Monday, September 18, 2006, to Kansas for a permanent landing in its new home at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.

The spacecraft was moved to the Hutchinson museum by flatbed truck and lowered by crane into the building's lower level. Liberty Bell 7 will be a permanent exhibit in the Cosmosphere's Early Spaceflight Gallery.

The exhibit, which will include a number of items that traveled with the capsule during its U.S. tour and tell the story of its flight, sinking, recovery and restoration, will cost about $100,000 to build and take about a year to complete, Cosmosphere President Jeff Ollenburger told The Hutchinson News.

Returning Liberty Bell 7 to the Cosmosphere's collection makes the museum one of only four places in the world where visitors can see a complete set of flown manned Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. The Cosmosphere also houses the Gemini X and Apollo 13 capsule Odyssey.

"Liberty Bell 7 also elevates the Cosmosphere the elite status of being the only private museum in the world to own a flown manned American spacecraft," said Ollenburger.

Liberty Bell 7, piloted by Mercury astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom, sank shortly after splashdown on July 21, 1961. Recovery attempts were unsuccessful until 1999, when a team led by Curt Newport and financed by the Discovery Channel located and rescued the craft from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The Cosmosphere's restoration team restored the spacecraft.

Since 2000, Liberty Bell 7 has toured the major museums in the country, including stops in Chicago, Denver, St. Louis, Boston and Phoenix. Most recently it was in Florida, where it was on display at the Kennedy Space Center.

Liberty Bell 7 was open to public visitors at the Cosmosphere today.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-19-2006 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Hutchinson News: Liberty Bell 7 makes its final touchdown
To the sounds of a Titan spacecraft launch audible from a neighboring concrete bay, the well-traveled Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft made its final flight Monday.

The four-minute ride on the end of a crane, from a flatbed truck parked on 11th Avenue into the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center basement, might have been the last time the storied capsule is airborne. But it might be at least a year before it reaches its final destination.

spaceman
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posted 09-19-2006 02:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was lucky enough to see the exhibit at Kennedy Space Center a few weeks ago... eerie all alone in the dark of the exhibit area. I wasn't sure whether photos were allowed so didn't take any. (Would have appreciated a gift store or kiosk with Liberty Bell specific items e.g. postcards etc).

You really got a feel for how little room there was in one of the early missions. A great and unexpected experience... yet another reason to visit the Cosmosphere.

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In December 2002, I saw Liberty Bell 7 and the display at the Denver Museum of Natural History, Denver, Colorado. I took along my mom's VHS camera and a flashlight and got some VERY good footage of it as the room where LB7 was kept was darkened. I went back a few times to keep filming as there were a lot of people. It was an amazing display.

My Uncle Don from Muskogee, OK has been to the Cosmosphere and has seen LB7. "Gus" Grissom was a true American hero. I'm glad NASA proved that he didn't purposely blow open the door. God rest his soul.

MCroft04
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posted 05-04-2010 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I plan to see LB7 later this year. And welcome to the forum; you're gonna like it!

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