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It’s obvious that our world is advancing technologically on what seems like, a daily basis. Many real-life ways of doing are increasingly becoming accessible via virtual reality. The virtual International Spaceflight Museum in Second Life is filled with what seems like an endless supply of information on the United States’ missions to orbit earth and explore space. Many historical rockets and the stories behind them are on display. Different types of historical space elements are featured as well.
Strategically built in a spacious outdoor environment to support large scale models, visitors can walk, run and fly to every attraction in the museum. You can take a history enriched tour in an easy, relaxed outdoor environment. This Second Life International Spaceflight Museum is commonly and distinguishably regarded as one of the most well-designed and informative virtual spaceflight museums.
Several space programs are featured in the museum. Here is the one most viewed by SL members:
The Mercury Program
Initiated in 1958, but not finished until 1963, The Mercury program was the United States' first man-in-space program.
May 5, 1961
Alan B. Shepard, Jr.
15 minutes, 28 seconds
Suborbital flight that successfully put the first American in space.
LIBERTY BELL 7
July 21, 1961
Virgil I. Grissom
15 minutes, 37 seconds
Also suborbital; successful flight but the spacecraft sank shortly after splashdown.
February 20, 1962
John H. Glenn, Jr.
04 hours, 55 minutes 23 seconds
Three-orbit flight that placed the first American into orbit.
May 24, 1962
M. Scott Carpenter
04 hours, 56 minutes, 5 seconds
Confirmed the success of Mercury-Atlas 6 by duplicating flight.
October 03, 1962
Walter M. Schirra, Jr.
09 hours, 13 minutes, 11 seconds
Six-orbit engineering test flight.
May 15-16, 1963
L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.
34 hours, 19 minutes, 49 seconds
Last Mercury mission; completed 22 orbits to evaluate effects of one day in space.
The only way to get an up close and personal look at the featured rockets is to transport by flying. Once you land, the history lesson can begin. Some of the rockets visitors can expect to see are:
- Atlas V
- Jupiter AM-18
- Minuteman II
- V-2 Bumper
- Jupiter/Juno II
- Mercury 4
Many legendary space inventions are spread throughout the museum. These moments could be considered as major milestones in getting man one step closer to space.
- Viking Lander
- SpaceShip One
- White Knight
- Freedom 7
People who are new to space terms and NASA history can become knowledgeable at the International Spaceflight Museum. The space education journey through the museum is well –recognized praised by spaceflight fans in virtual and real world.
"We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of preeminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new, terrifying theater of war," John F. Kennedy said in 1962.
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