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MB
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posted 06-23-2010 12:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MB   Click Here to Email MB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On Tuesday, the Skylab 3* command module arrived at the new NASA Glenn Visitor Center located at the Great Lakes Science Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. From The Plain Dealer:
Tuesday, the capsule traveled 13 miles to become the centerpiece of NASA's Glenn Visitor Center at its new location in the Great Lakes Science Center.

The center spent about $120,000 to move the Apollo command module used to fly three astronauts to and from Skylab, America's first space station.

The trip lasted about 30 minutes but took more than a year to plan. The module is a historic artifact, so the Smithsonian Institution and NASA had to approve every step.

An Akron company, Thomarios, which preserved a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center, restored, then helped transport the 11-foot-high, 13-foot wide Apollo command module. Norris Brothers Co., of Cleveland, provided the rigging for the 12,800 pound module and its 1,200 pound stand.

Workers tore down part of the walls in the Brookpark Road center and wrapped the module in a cotton cover, aluminum and shrink wrap before taking it out. The capsule spent Monday night in the NASA hangar at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

In the morning, a truck carried the capsule along interstates, then down East Ninth Street to its new home along Lake Erie.

Visitors can view the command module beginning Wednesday morning (June 23).

*Skylab 3 is also referred to as Skylab II and SL-3.

SpaceAholic
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posted 06-23-2010 12:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neat... curious if that's an original North American transport dolly resourced from the National Air and Space Museum or something custom manufactured for the move.

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posted 06-23-2010 08:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Credit: Great Lakes Science Center

For more pictures check out the Twitter account for the Great Lakes Science Center, which shows the Skylab 3 Command Module in place at the museum. Congrats to our neighbors on Lake Erie.

Marcy Frumker, space advisor for the International Women's Air & Space Museum

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posted 04-21-2011 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jimsz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Later in the spring I may be finding myself in Cleveland for a weekend.

Is the NASA Glenn Research Center still open to the public (displays, tours, etc)?

I have looked online and can't find any definitive information.

If it is still open to the public is it worth the time and would it hold the interest a 9 year old boy?

Editor's note: Threads merged.

Constellation One
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NASA Glenn has established a relationship with the Great Lakes Science Center in downtown Cleveland.

All public displays have been moved there. The museum is very suited for the younger audience.

Within a short walk you can also find the USS Cod, and the International Womens Air & Space Museum. They have some nice displays and are free!

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If you have not been to the Glenn Visitor Center at the Great Lakes Science Center, it is worth the trip if you are anywhere close. They have done the exhibits really well and we took a number of pictures so that we could study them later.

We really were pressed for time and I basically wanted to see the Skylab 3 CM (SLM-2) relocation from NASA Glenn. They really have done a good job and they display more than they did at NASA Glenn area.

MB
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posted 11-26-2013 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MB   Click Here to Email MB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Editor's note: Mike Blair was very kind to share these photos of the NASA Glenn Research Center Visitor Center at the Great Lakes Science Science. He sent the images in April, when they were to be posted but were misfiled. My apologies to Mike for the delay adding them here.
Overall, I think that the Great Lakes Science Center has gotten off to a good start with the new visitor center. It is much smaller than other NASA visitor centers that I have been to, but combine it with the IMAX theater and the other science exhibits in the building, I think there doing a good job getting the public excited about space.

I was very happy seeing the large number of people in the NASA exhibits and look forward to them opening another gallery highlighting the work of the NASA Glenn Research Center. The great thing to is that as opposed to the old visitor center, everyone (U.S. citizens and foreign nationals) can view these exhibits.

Here is the main gallery as you walk in. Prominently displayed in the center is the Skylab 2 command module. They did a terrific job displaying her to the visitor center guests.

Here are close ups of the interior of the Skylab 2 command module. cS readers will really enjoy the up close views of the CM compared to what they used to have at the old visitor center.

MB
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posted 11-26-2013 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MB   Click Here to Email MB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Buzz Aldrin's training coveralls, Paul Weitz's EVA suit and right is Jack Lousma's Skylab coveralls.

A nice display of John Glenn material including his STS-95 jumpsuit and his early Project Mercury training jacket. They have a good video telling his life's story.

A view of one of the many space simulators there. They have two shuttle landing simulators, two lunar module/Altair lunar landing simulators, and two jet simulators. This is a view of my son Adam trying his first shuttle landing. I had actually built and donated the space shuttle/pad 39A model that you see to left to NASA Glenn and it made it down to the new visitor center!

MB
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A view of the landing bag system for the Mars Pathfinder rover. This system was drop tested at the NASA Glenn Space Power Facility to ensure that the system would survive rolling over rocks at various landing angles. They have a couple of the rocks that they used on display, and if you look closely at the landing bags, you can see where some of them have small abrasions/tears.

A full scale model of Friendship 7 that you can go into. Once you're inside, you can try various switches and such. Also, you can watch a portion of the original NASA film about Friendship 7's launch. Everytime you hear John Glenn's heartbeat in the film, you can feel the heartbeat sensation in the cockpit seat!!

A view of Robonaut one, who was used during some of the Desert Rats training sessions.

A view of the NASA Glenn combustion experiment lab trainer, similar to the one flying on the ISS.

MB
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A view of the Ohio Astronaut display where you can learn about each astronaut who was either born or lived in Ohio.

A view of the exhibit where you can drive the model of the Curiousity rover.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 11-26-2013 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last time I was at Glenn it was the Lewis Research Center...

That said, nice how the unofficial Mercury patch became a part of Glenn's uniform. I think Wally did the same with his Mercury flight patch on his jacket.

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I was the project manager of installation of most of the audio/video systems in this new exhibit back in March. It was a fun job for a space geek like me!

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