Display of Historic Space items
Name: Display of Historic Space items
Date: December 1, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
A DISPLAY OF HISTORIC SPACE ARTIFACTS FROM THE APOLLO-SOYUS TEST PROJECT OPENS AT THE ST. JOSEPH COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY ON DECEMBER 1, 2017 5-8 p.m presented by Vic Eichler At the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union an effort was underway for these two powerful adversaries to work peacefully together in the exploration of outer space. In the summer of 1975, after America’s successful Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions led to six landings of Americans on the moon, NASA developed with the Russian space program a spectacular mission for cooperation in space.The final flight of NASA’s Apollo program was the first time two spacecraft from different nations docked together, highlighting a new era of cooperation between nations in space. The mission was called the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, or ASTP. This joint venture in space broke many barriers in thinking between the two nations, and showed that two spacecraft with very different designs could dock successfully, allowing the space travelers to open the boundaries between them and greet their fellow adventurers with handshakes in space .St. Joseph Historical Society past vice president & member Vic Eichler was at NASA’s Mission Control during this historic nineday flight, a member of the team of scientists who had prepared an experiment to see how fish development was affected by the absence of gravity in space. On Friday, December 1, he will be present from 5:00-8:00 during downtown Three Rivers Christmas Around Town, to discuss the fish development experiment and review his experiences in preparation for the flight, and the excitement during this final flight before the shuttle program began. A treasure trove of artifacts from NASA and the ASTP flight will be on display at the Society’s headquarters in Three Rivers (34 N. Main St.) from Friday, Dec. 1 thru Feb. 23, 2018.