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Could the museum Saturn V's be refitted for one more flight?

The one at the Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville has been stored outside so it wasn't in good shape. Displayed outdoors and on its side since 1969, the rocket was exhibiting widespread paint ...
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Could the museum Saturn V's be refitted for one more flight?

I carefully examined the Saturn V in Houston (in particular the instrumentation unit) few months ago. There's no way this Saturn V would fly for a couple reasons: It was stored outside and suffered ...
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This BBC photo does not show a replica of Vanguard-1, what might it be?

The photo is a NASA photo, and is displayed on their web site here. The satellite itself is Vanguard 2. It can be seen mounted on its booster in this photo. It was successfully launched into Earth ...
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Do Mariner 4 hand rendered images still exist?

It was displayed publicly yesterday! At a Karman lecture held by Mr. Blaine Baggett, Director, Office of Communication and Education, JPL. It might not be archived and available to download right now, ...
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Why is the shuttle's external tank's metal skin painted the same dark color as the foam insulation?

tl;dr - the parts at the rear of ET-94 where the foam was removed were painted orange for display. The foam was not dyed but started out a light cream color. It slowly turned orange when exposed to ...
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Could the museum Saturn V's be refitted for one more flight?

In addition to the other answers talking about the condition of the rocket itself, you have to realize it takes a lot more than just having the rocket to launch it. There is a whole mess of support ...
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How accurate is this Apollo Command Module replica, and why would it be copper-colored?

The color of that replica looks about right. You're looking at the heat shield, which consists of phenolic epoxy resin. The heat shield has several outer coverings: a pore seal, a moisture barrier (...
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How do items from the Russian and Soviet space programs end up in private collections?

There are several paths by which both US and Russian artifacts from the space program make their way into private ownership. These include deassession from the Government via authorized surplus sales, ...
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Are Mercury/Apollo/Gemini capsules visible in any museum?

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 ...
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Was the Saturn V ever stacked anywhere other than KSC?

This depends on to what degree you define the SA-500D as "a full Saturn V". All components of it where certainly stacked vertically at the Saturn V Dynamic Test Stand, as can be seen in the ...
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Does a full-scale Apollo lunar module mock-up exists that allows visitors to explore the inside?

The US Space and Rocket Center (official visitor center of Marshall Space Flight Center) in Huntsville, Alabama has the crew station from one of the Lunar Module Mission Simulators. You can't get ...
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What is the current location of Link-built Apollo Mission Simulators?

Here is a Photograph of the KSC CMS Simulators (x2) and LMS Simulator in the Flight Crew Training Building, from 1968. I toured this building in 1971 with flight crews training in both the CMS and ...
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Are Mercury/Apollo/Gemini capsules visible in any museum?

The rest of the current American crewed capsules. Mercury Capsules MR-3 Freedom 7 | JFK Library, Boston, MA MR-4 Liberty Bell 7 | Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Hutchinson, Kansas MA-6 ...
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Why does the Smithsonian have a replica of Alan Shepard's golf club, and the real one is at a golf museum?

Claire Brown, communications director of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, was asked the same question. “The reason that it’s not in this museum was that it was personal property of Alan Shepherd....
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Why does "Tim Peake's capsule" look like it's copper now?

The outside of the Soyuz is covered in multilayer vacuum-screen thermal insulation, using layers of metalized film and fiberglass cloth. The outer layer is black: During reentry, some of this burns ...
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Which Apollo Command Module is pictured here?

According to this article, the Apollo 11 CM was moved to Udvar-Hazy at the end of 2016. As none of the other Apollo CMs seem to be there according to this page, I would guess that is in fact ...
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What "flight-ready version" of the Lunar Module is in a museum on Long Island, NY?

The exhibit is LM-13, which was scheduled for the Apollo 18 mission (which was cancelled). It's representative of the ones that actually did fly-to and land-on the moon. However since then it has ...
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Is space shuttle simulator in a museum somewhere?

The three Shuttle Mission Simulator (SMS) training bases are, or will "soon" be, in museums. However, they are a shadow of their operational selves. The Fixed Base is in the Stafford Museum ...
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Mercury reentry heat shields; material composition, manufacturing process and explanation of all those concentric ridges?

Excerpt from NASA-TM-X-57097 describing the original design: The heat shield used on Big Joe was geometrically a 74.5-inch diameter spherical segment with a radius of curvature of 80 inches. ... The ...
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Did any part of the Apollo 13 LiOH adapter return to Earth?

Probably not, I think. From the Apollo 13 Flight Journal (day 6): 121:57:59 Brand: Okay, and finally, four LiOH cans, the ones used in the LM, and those can go in the jettison bag in the LM. Okay, a ...
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What is the large structure in the background of this picture of Molniya 1?

The image caption says "Molniya-1 satellite in a museum", so that's the museum roof. A large structure indeed!
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Are Mercury/Apollo/Gemini capsules visible in any museum?

Here is a list of the flown uncrewed capsules: Mercury Capsules MR-1/MR-1A | NASA Ames Exploration Center, Mountain View, California MR-2 | California Museum of Science and Industry, Los Angeles, ...
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How do items from the Russian and Soviet space programs end up in private collections?

Sometimes "adopting" historical space items is the best way to rescue them from the scrap-heap of history and ensure their long-term survival. Wikipedia: Buran completed one unmanned orbital ...
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How accurate is this Apollo Command Module replica, and why would it be copper-colored?

That is a replica based on the open side to allow internal viewing which does not exist in any of the real CMs. I'm not sure if the image above has been altered to place the replica in that room ...
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Mercury reentry heat shields; material composition, manufacturing process and explanation of all those concentric ridges?

From NASA-TM-X-57097 found by Tristan: So two manned ballistic flights were done using a heat-sink, not an ablative heat shield. I found an image of such a heat sink. This is a replacement "...
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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?

Images in the question are from the Buran museum. A number of photos can be found in the following blogpost: https://saidpvo.livejournal.com/679478.html Here is a small sample:
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Where is the LC-19 launch console now?

This is an exhibit in the Air Force Space and Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This is a picture from the museum's website showing the same exhibit.

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