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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-07-2014 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Mercury space capsule shipping overseas for German art exhibition

A historic American spacecraft that spent decades sunken under the ocean will soon ship overseas for an exhibition that explores the "space between art and science."

Liberty Bell 7, the NASA Mercury capsule that Virgil "Gus" Grissom launched onboard in 1961 to become the second U.S. astronaut to fly in space, will travel this summer from its home at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas to the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn.

Once there, the spacecraft will be a part of "Outer Space: The Space Between Art and Science," a temporary exhibit that was developed in cooperation with DLR, the German Aerospace Center. Liberty Bell 7 will debut on display Oct. 3 through Feb. 22, 2015.

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This is great news! It's rare to see a museum willing to take the risk of damage (or loss) of such an important artifact in order to share it with a larger audience. I'm happy for our European readers here that Liberty Bell will be made available for them to see without travelling to the middle of the U.S.

The Kansas Cosmosphere is a world-class museum that I have visited several times. When you first come up on it you think "I'll be done with this in an hour or two," but it's so well laid out underground with so many things to read and see it becomes an all day visit.

The one downside... it's in Kansas. Not exactly a place many would come to visit just to see a space museum. I was fortunate that I had recurrent training there which allowed me to go up to Hutchinson a few times and see their Smithsonian-like collection.

Hats off to the curators for taking a bold step and sharing one of their prized possessions with the world.

Now, if the cargo ship happens to sink...

MrSpace86
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Originally posted by 328KF:
The one downside... it's in Kansas.

Nothing wrong with that! Kansas is a beautiful state. Space enthusiasts here in Kansas would say that the one downside is that it is in Hutchinson and not somewhere closer to Kansas City.

It's nice that it will go on tour though. Good thing I might visit the Cosmosphere soon!!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-19-2014 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Hutchinson News reports that Liberty Bell 7 has left the Kansas Cosmosphere for the museum's SpaceWorks facility to be prepared for its shipment to Germany.
A crane from Belger Cartage lifted the Mercury space capsule out of a 15-foot-deep freight well at the southeast corner of the Cosmosphere and gently set it back down on a trailer for the first leg of its journey to Germany, where it will be on loan for an exhibit titled "Outer Space: The Space Between Art and Science," in Bonn.

...from the Cosmosphere, Liberty Bell 7 was taken to the museum’s SpaceWorks division on Whiteside Street. SpaceWorks technicians will refurbish its display case with better lighting and a positive pressure component to help protect the capsule from the environment.

Liberty Bell 7 will then be crated up and placed on a truck for the Port of Houston on July 30. There it will be placed aboard a ship for the ocean journey to Germany. From a German port, it will be trucked to the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn. It is expected to arrive there on Aug. 29. SpaceWorks personnel will meet the Liberty Bell 7 to unpack it and prepare it for display in Bonn from Oct. 3 through Feb. 22.

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