The Lope: Corpses Conquer Cosmos in Communist Capsule

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Corpses Conquer Cosmos in Communist Capsule

In an effort to escape the surly bonds of Earth, our corpses visited the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson and tried out some of the space capsules.

I find that much of the fun in visiting the Cosmosphere is in finding out about the minor artifacts - not the flown equipment and such, but the pieces used in broadcasting and training. For example, this Soyuz trainer was built by Cosmosphere to accurate specifications and was used by U.S. astronauts to train for a mission. The 'Cos' has the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside Moscow. And that, by the way, includes the Smithsonian Institution.

The Apollo trainer was built by the Cosmosphere team for The Discovery Channel. Both it and the Soyuz capsule above are used in the museum's Future Astronaut Training Program.


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