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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 failure, moisture infiltration, an overall accumulation of atmospheric and biological soiling, and corrosion of its complex system of metal alloys, including ...


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There were more than 500 Zenit (including Vostoks and Voskhods) landing capsules; an order of 160 (as of today) manned and unmanned Soyuz variants. Plus prototypes used for modelling and testing on the ground. That's a pretty large number of used capsules. There are 65 pieces of equipment certified for reuse in Soyuz TMA landing module. Such as cosmonaut ...


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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 lots of corrosion and damage. It was restored enough to be exhibited but the metal still has lots of corrosion covered by paint. The instrumentation unit is ...


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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" (...


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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 orbit on February 17, 1959, and was NASA's (not the US's) first successful satellite launch. However, the mission was a partial failure because separation ...


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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, but soon it will. And I'm sorry for being a spoiler, but it is in the last few minutes of his show. Even the crayons used to draw it are preserved. (I might ...


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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 light. Here is a picture of foam that was trimmed off during the stringer crack problem on STS-133. You can see the internal foam is lighter, and the metal is ...


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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 (a white reflective coating), and a silver Mylar thermal coating that looks like aluminum foil. These burned away during reentry, leaving the brownish resin as ...


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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 infrastructure required to make the Saturn V, or any spacecraft, actually work. Launch Center 39 hasn't been outfitted for a Saturn V since 1973 and has been ...


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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, disposal of materials by the contractors who produce the technology at the conclusion of a program; retention of gifted or salvaged items by individuals and ...


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The Apollo 10 Command Module is on display at the Science Museum in London. (pic from beenthere-donethat.org.uk)


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It seems to be the roof of Cosmos Pavilion at VDNKh in Moscow. For many years (~1967-1994) the Pavilion hosted the large exhibition of spacecrafts and space related artifacts. There are much better quality photos of the same scene (if not the same angle) available online. See for example the 1969 color slides by David C. Cook. The work by David C. Cook. ...


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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 ...


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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 1966 Wikimedia photo below. (also includes a simple Apollo mockup). "Full stack" was called "Configuration I" The only test article of the ...


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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 Friendship 7 | National Air and Space Museum Washington D.C. MA-7 Aurora 7 | Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, Illinois MA-8 Sigma 7 | Kennedy Space Center ...


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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. In other words, he took it to space, he brought it back, it was still his personal property he donated it and it was his. That’s the reason,” said Claire ...


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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 off, exposing underlying layers, which char and burn off in turn. These layers start off with a lighter color: The Science Museum has some really weird ...


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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 Columbia.


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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 inside, but you can at least look through a full sized door opening. Picture of the inside Front view of the crew station Side view of the crew station Compare ...


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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 undergone a few modifications, tweaks etc. I don't know the extent of those alterations. https://www.asme.org/about-asme/who-we-are/engineering-history/landmarks/...


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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 LMS, but cannot recall if there was more than one CMS at that time.


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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 couple of notes. After loading the ISA, recommend secure it to the right hand restraint system. [Long pause.] 121:58:40 Brand: And secure the jettison bag to ...


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The image caption says "Molniya-1 satellite in a museum", so that's the museum roof. A large structure indeed!


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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, California MA-2 | Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas MA-5 | North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, Durham, North Carolina BJ-1 | Steven F. ...


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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 however. below: Cropped section of OP's image. Note after-market seating and large entrance:


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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 spaceflight in 1988 before its cancellation in 1993. Orbiter K1, which flew the test flight in 1988 was crushed in a hangar collapse on 12 May 2002 in Kazakhstan. ...


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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 heat shield consisted of two laminates: an outer ablation laminate, 1.075 inches thick and an inner structural laminate, 0.550 inch thick. The ablation laminate ...


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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 "heat sink" heatshield for the Mercury-Redstone 2 capsule. The original was lost after recovery of the capsule from the ocean and this heatshield did not fly ...


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The three Shuttle Mission Simulator 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 in Oklahoma. This is the only one currently visible to the public. (picture from Facebook SMS page) The Motion Base, after being in durance vile at Texas A&M ...


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