The Space Walk of Fame Museum, Titusville FL

The Space Walk of Fame Museum is a small privately-owned museum in Titusville which exhibits artifacts from the space program. It is not a large building: there are no rockets or space vehicles here. But it has a nice collection of artifacts. Here are some photos from a visit:

The Space Walk of Fame Museum

Inside the Museum

On the first Mercury-Redstone test flight, one of the plugs on the rocket was pulled a fraction of a second too late by a cord that was mistakenly too long, shutting down the engine and aborting the flight after the rocket had gone only two inches off the ground. This is the plug. 

On Gemini 8, there was a malfunction in one of the capsule’s maneuvering rockets that caused an uncontrolled spin. This is the circuit that had failed and caused the malfunction.

In the first un-manned test of the Mercury-Atlas vehicle, the Atlas rocket booster exploded shortly after takeoff, scattering pieces into the Atlantic Ocean. This piece of the capsule’s hatch washed ashore a few weeks later, was kept in a garage for 25 years and discarded, and was found in the city dump by a NASA employee who recognized what it was.

One of the explosive bolts that holds the Space Shuttle Orbiter to the External Fuel Tank

Astronaut John Glenn’s hardhat. Because he hated wearing it, he’d often stash it in his locker. It was found years later when the lockers were removed.

The original flight checklist for astronaut Alan B Shepard’s Freedom 7 flight.

The comm radio from a Mercury capsule. It had one-half watt of power.

The original concept model for the Apollo Lunar Module. As development went on, the number of legs was reduced to four, most of the windows were eliminated, the lower docking hatch was replaced by a square door, and the lower Descent Stage was made square instead of round, and instead of being covered with a solid sheet it was a tubular frame wrapped with thin metal foil.

An early concept model for the Space Shuttle

One of the original control consoles for the Apollo flights

One of the original Countdown Sequencer controllers, with drawer opened to show electronic components

Control Panels for Atlas-Centaur launches

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