Is it possible to visit some of the famous American capsules in any museum?

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    $\begingroup$ I won't complain if you close it but "Anything historical of the non-general reference variety relating to space." is somewhere on Area51. So this question is about history of space exploration so I think is, even if weakly, on topic. I'm just asking where I can touch space exploration with hands. $\endgroup$ – user55 Jul 17 '13 at 18:52
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    $\begingroup$ I disagree with closing this. It's asking a question on previous space exploration. $\endgroup$ – John Riselvato Jul 17 '13 at 20:09
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    $\begingroup$ I agree - keep it open. Learning from the past is vital. People tend for forget what happened. So visiting the old junk can certainly be an enlightenment for future developments! $\endgroup$ – s-m-e Jul 17 '13 at 20:34
  • $\begingroup$ My concern is that the locations of these capsules could possibly change, and then the answers would be obsolete (why shopping questions are usually off-topic on SE sites), but I guess that is unlikely to happen anytime soon. (voting to re-open) $\endgroup$ – user40 Jul 17 '13 at 21:18
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    $\begingroup$ @dd3 isn't that all of science? ;) $\endgroup$ – John Riselvato Jul 17 '13 at 22:57

Yes, visiting some of the famous (American) capsules is possible. Larger accumulations of capsules, excluding mock-ups and never-flown equipment, can be found at the following places in the US.

National Air and Space Museum (Smithsonian Institution), Washington, DC:

  • Mercury-Redstone-3 [suborbital], "Freedom 7" (Shepard)
  • Mercury-Atlas-6, "Friendship 7" (Glenn)
  • Gemini 4, (McDivitt, White)
  • Gemini 7, (Borman, Lovell)
  • Apollo 11, "Columbia" (Armstrong, Aldrin, Collins)
  • Skylab 4, (Carr, Gibson, Pogue)
  • [Russian] Soyuz TM-10 (Manakov, Strekalov)

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson, KS:

  • Mercury-Redstone-4 [suborbital], "Liberty Bell 7" (Grissom)
  • Mercury-Atlas-1, Capsule #4 (unmanned)
  • Apollo 13, "Odyssey" (Lovell, Swigert, Haise)

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL:

  • Mercury-Atlas-7, "Aurora 7" (Carpenter)
  • Apollo 8 (Borman, Lovell, Anders)

Astronaut Hall of Fame, Titusville, FL:

  • Mercury-Atlas-8 "Sigma 7" (Schirra)
  • Apollo 14, "Kitty Hawk" (Shepard, Roosa, Mitchell)

Space Center Houston (NASA Johnson Space Center's Visitor Center), Houston, TX:

  • Mercury-Atlas-9, "Faith 7" (Cooper)
  • Gemini 5 (Cooper, Conrad)
  • Apollo 17, "America" (Cernan, Evans, Schmitt)

California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA:

  • Mercury-Redstone-2 [suborbital] (chimpanzee "Ham")
  • Gemini 11 (Conrad, Gordon)
  • Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, "ASTP" (Stafford, Brand, Slayton)

A full list ordered by missions can be found here: http://www.live555.com/misc/CapsuleLocations.html

  • $\begingroup$ Mercury 1 and 3, Apollo 8, 11 and 17, Gemini 6 and 7 set milestones. So they could be candidates. $\endgroup$ – user55 Jul 17 '13 at 6:51
  • $\begingroup$ The link is somewhat out of date. In addition to what you have listed, the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center now holds Gemini 10, as well as a flown Vostok and one of two Apollo "white rooms." $\endgroup$ – Tristan Sep 3 '13 at 13:45

The Apollo 10 Command Module is on display at the Science Museum in London.

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(pic from beenthere-donethat.org.uk)


All of the Apollo Command Modules are on display as follows:

Apollo 6 - Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Apollo 7 - Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, Texas
Apollo 8 - Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois
Apollo 9 - San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego, California
Apollo 10 - Science Museum, London, England
Apollo 11 - The National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
Apollo 12 - Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton, Virginia
Apollo 13 - Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson, Kansas
Apollo 14 - Visitor's Center, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Apollo 15 - USAF Museum, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio
Apollo 16 - U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Apollo 17 - NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

(Thanks to NASA's list of Apollo locations.)

  • $\begingroup$ What happened to the ASTP capsule[s]? $\endgroup$ – amI Oct 15 '18 at 6:51
  • $\begingroup$ As per the link provided, the ASTP is in the California Science Center, Los Angeles, California. $\endgroup$ – Richard S Feb 5 at 22:23

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