Questions tagged [museum-exhibits]

Questions about the collection, curation, and display of space-related items by museums and other public venues.

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Does the Smithsonian get priority over NASA artifacts?

When NASA no longer has a need for an object -- be it a spacesuit, a piece of equipment, or even an entire spacecraft! -- the object usually goes to a museum. It seems that the Smithsonian ...
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Did any part of the Apollo 13 LiOH adapter return to Earth?

During Apollo missions, carbon dioxide expelled by the astronauts' breath was removed by lithium hydroxide cartridges in command module and lunar module. Apollo 13 infamously had a problem with ...
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Does a full-scale Apollo lunar module mock-up exists that allows visitors to explore the inside?

The Lunar Module was an utterly amazing spacecraft. It's also one for which getting a feel for the inside is extremely difficult from photos$^*$. Has anyone made a full-scale mock up of the lunar ...
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What is the current location of Link-built Apollo Mission Simulators?

There seems to be confusion about the final disposition of, and even the number of, Apollo Mission Simulators built by Link Flight Simulation Division. This question is not about any simulator built ...
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What “flight-ready version” of the Lunar Module is in a museum on Long Island, NY?

Ars Technica's Via the BBC, find out how Apollo 11’s Eagle actually landed says: I've also learned things about the Lunar Module itself, including that it was made nearby on Long Island, where a ...
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Could the museum Saturn V's be refitted for one more flight?

Even though we will not build new Saturn Vs, there currently exist three Saturn Vs in museums. Could any of these rockets be refitted for flight? If not, what specific component would prevent the ...
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Where are all the space capsules? [duplicate]

My understanding is that space capsules, at least until recently with the private companies, have been single-use. Including the Soyuz capsules that Russia keeps using. Which means there could ...
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What is the name of this space museum in Russian and does it have a website and/or virtual tour site?

Enjoying the information and links in this answer I wanted to ask if these are real antennas now on display, or space art? But once I started clicking google maps I found that this is full blown space ...
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Where is the LC-19 launch console now?

Julia Bergeron's recent tweet from Florida shows an electronics console that looks to be mid-20th century. Above it is written LC-19 but there are other ...
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Which Apollo Command Module is pictured here?

I recently requested help identifying what turned out to be a Sikorsky JRS-1 on Aviation.SE. One of the comments in my post led to this follow up. In the same picture there is what I'm pretty certain ...
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How do items from the Russian and Soviet space programs end up in private collections?

A member today posted this photo showing a complete instrument panel from a Soyuz TM capsule, and a globus instrument from a Voskhod capsule: Both items are in their private collection. Only 5 ...
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What happens to Soyuz reentry capsules after landing?

What happens to Soyuz reentry capsules after landing? I guess some must go to museums, but quite a lot of them have returned now. Is there any indication of where and how they are stored?
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Why is the shuttle's external tank's metal skin painted the same dark color as the foam insulation?

The last flight-qualified space shuttle external tank in existence is now in Los Angeles and moved to its new home over the weekend. I noticed that what appears to be the metal skin under the ...
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Are Mercury/Apollo/Gemini capsules visible in any museum?

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