HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson is preparing to launch the Liberty Bell 7 space capsule on a trip to Germany.
The capsule, flown by Gus Grissom in a 1961 space flight, will leave the Cosmosphere in August to be part of an exhibit in Bonn, Germany from October to February 2015.
The Cosmosphere is planning an exhibit beginning May 10 that will showcase the artifacts from Grissom’s 15-minute suborbital space flight, including survival gear, medical equipment and personal items he had on board.
The Liberty Bell sank in the Atlantic Ocean after Grissom’s flight. It was recovered in 1999 by the Cosmosphere’s SpaceWorks team and the Discovery Channel. Spaceworks restored it, and it has been at the Cosmosphere for eight years.