Seeing the Liberty Bell 7 today was pretty incredible! Much more controversial than the preceding flight of Freedom 7, which made Alan Shepard the first American in space (and the first human to manually fly a spacecraft), the Liberty Bell 7 infamously sank to the sea floor after a faulty hatch exploded prematurely, leaving astronaut (and @lifeatpurdue boilermaker!) Gus Grissom floundering in the water. Recovered after almost 40 years sitting 3 miles below the surface of the Atlantic and restored to its former glory, it now sits on display!
I can now say that I’ve seen all 6 of the manned Mercury capsules - just 5 Gemini, 5 Apollo, and 1 Space Shuttle until I’ve seen all of NASA’s historic space vehicles!
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