The Space: Exploring the New Frontier exhibit in our T.A. Wilson Great Gallery is under construction as of Tuesday, January 3.

The exhibit will re-open this May with untold stories, interactive features and new artifacts including the Saturn V F-1 engines brought up from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean by Bezos Expeditions.

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Space Pioneer

Project Mercury launched the first Americans into space. Mercury's goal was to orbit a manned spacecraft around the Earth, investigate a human's ability to survive and function in space, and safely return both pilot and craft. The nickel alloy and titanium capsule is small; as astronaut John Glenn said, "You don't get into it, you put it on." Yet its operating systems are so sophisticated that the capsule holds seven miles of electrical wire.

The Museum's reproduction is shown separated from the large booster rockets, as if in orbit. The retro-thrust rockets on the bottom of the capsule will be jettisoned before re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.

The Mercury Astronauts

The men selected to pilot the Mercury spacecraft were presented to the public on April 9, 1959. Alan Shepard Jr. undertook the first American sub-orbital flight into space on May 5, 1961. John Glenn Jr. orbited the Earth three times on February 20, 1962.

Length:
10ft
Diameter:
6ft
Gross Weight:
3,000lbs

The Space: Exploring the New Frontier exhibit in our T.A. Wilson Great Gallery is under construction as of Tuesday, January 3.

The exhibit will re-open this May with untold stories, interactive features and new artifacts including the Saturn V F-1 engines brought up from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean by Bezos Expeditions.

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Space Pioneer

Project Mercury launched the first Americans into space. Mercury's goal was to orbit a manned spacecraft around the Earth, investigate a human's ability to survive and function in space, and safely return both pilot and craft. The nickel alloy and titanium capsule is small; as astronaut John Glenn said, "You don't get into it, you put it on." Yet its operating systems are so sophisticated that the capsule holds seven miles of electrical wire.

The Museum's reproduction is shown separated from the large booster rockets, as if in orbit. The retro-thrust rockets on the bottom of the capsule will be jettisoned before re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.

The Mercury Astronauts

The men selected to pilot the Mercury spacecraft were presented to the public on April 9, 1959. Alan Shepard Jr. undertook the first American sub-orbital flight into space on May 5, 1961. John Glenn Jr. orbited the Earth three times on February 20, 1962.

Length:
10ft
Diameter:
6ft
Gross Weight:
3,000lbs