Kansas Cosmosphere Artifacts
The Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center is loaning a collection of 1970s-era Soviet space artifacts to the Space Foundation for exhibit at its world headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., as part of the initial public exhibition for the Space Foundation’s soon-to-be-opened visitors center. The loaned artifacts will go on limited public display Aug.1.
The loaned items are currently on display at the Cosmosphere’s booth in the Ball Aerospace Exhibit Center Pavilion at the 28th National Space Symposium,which is under way this week in Colorado Springs. They include:one of the few Lunokhod lunar rovers ever to be displayed outside of the former Soviet Union; a half-scale model, constructed in the Soviet Union, of the Luna 16 Robotic Probe, the first robotic probe to land on the Moon and return a sample of lunar soil to Earth; and a prototype of a Sokol (Falcon) Space Suit-K, a pressure suit that was used for on-ground engineering and thermal vacuum tests during cosmonaut training.