Located in Titusville, Florida, The Astronaut Hall of Fame is the world’s largest collection if astronaut memorabilia. It is a part of the Kennedy Space Center and admission to the Hall of Fame is free to those who have purchased a ticket to the Kennedy Space Center within 7 days. The Hall of Fame is one of the more popular attractions in Titusville and has 4 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor.
The astronaut hall of fame was conceived by the Mercury Seven, a group of the first American astronauts who were previously test pilots. It was opened in 1990. Some of those astronauts inducted into the hall of fame include the Mercury 7, Alan Shepard, John Glen, Gus Grissom, astronauts from the Gemini and Apollo missions, Neil Armstrong, Edward White, Sally Ride, Guy Bluford, and John Young.
The Hall includes more than just tributes to notable astronauts. There is also an astronaut adventure room with simulators which are fun for kids and adults. There is also a space suit displayed which was worn by Gus Grissom as well as Alan Shepard’s space suit worn on Apollo 14 and a spacesuit from Gemini 7 G5C. Most exhibits focus heavily on the earliest astronauts and the pre-space era of research and development which led to the first expeditions. The hall also includes Sigma 7; the 5th manned Mercury Spacecraft.
The Hall of Fame is a wonderful place to learn all about the chronology of the space program and various missions. It provides a timeline of the history of space exploration and of those involved. There are also fun interactive games like landing a virtual shuttle.
There is currently an exhibit called Science on a Sphere which allow visitors to watch large-scale patterns such as major global weather systems, changes in temperature and currents globally, and even commercial air traffic patterns. The exhibit also looks at the larger solar system and planetary bodies which help us to understand our own plan better and predict world-wide weather trends.
By Becky Schaff