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Sunday, June 10, 1990 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER TravelE-13 Astronaut Hall of Fame is blast from the past BY JAY CLARKE Knight News Service TITUSVILLE, Fla. - In the beginning, there were seven. They were the original astronauts, the ones who led America into space in the early 1960s. At that point in time, going into space was still a great unknown, so the Mercury Seven, as they were called, were real pioneers. Now, at the place where they made history, a museum has opened to highlight the astronauts' role in the space program. Called the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, the new facility features exhibits from the space program and tells the stories of each of the seven Mercury astronauts. Mercury was the name of the one-man, closet-sized capsules in which America's first men in space rode. Only six manned Mercury flights were made before the astronauts moved on to the next stages, the Gemini and Apollo missions. Some space is devoted to the exploits of the astronauts who followed the Mercury Seven, but there are plans and room to add more displays. The Hall of Fame shares a large new building with the Florida branch of the U.S. Space Camp at the entrance to Kennedy Space Center. This camp offers young- If you go How to get there: The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is on State Road 405, the NASA Causeway, just east of its intersection with U.S. 1 south of Titusville. Admission: $4.95 adults, $2.95 children 3-12. Hours: 8 a.m.-dusk. Information: U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, 6225 Vectorspace Blvd., Titusville, Fla. 32780, 407-269-61 00, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. U.S. Space Camp Florida: The camp accepts children in grades 4-7 for five-day courses. Cost is $450 February-May, $550 June-August and $425 September-December; prices include lodging, food and training sessions. Information: 407-267-31 84, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. sters a chance to spend five days learning about space flight. In its half of the structure, the Space Camp has a full-sized replica of a Space Shuttle cabin area, mock-ups of mission control consoles, a device that can simulate the one-sixth gravity of the moon, multiaxis trainers, a simulated lunar rover and other space-related facilities. The original Space Camp is situated in Huntsville, Ala. Visitors can observe Space Camp activities from balconies that overlook the main hangarlike area. . Each of the six living Mercury astronauts contributed several dozen items of memorabilia to the museum. Betty Grissom, widow of the seventh astronaut, donated the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and other items relating to her late husband, Gus, who was the first man to fly in space twice. Grissom was burned to death in 1967 along with Edward H. White II and Roger B. Chaffee when they were trapped in an Apollo training capsule that caught fire. The first American to go into space, Alan Shepard, was also the only Mercury astronaut to go to the moon. You can see the checklist he had strapped to his arm when he made his moon walk. You also can see the gloves John Glenn wore when he became the first American to orbit the earth, the headphones used by Malcolm Scott Carpenter when his capsule was lost briefly by the tracking stations, the leather jacket worn by Deke Slayton. Every Mercury flight took a name containing the word or numeral seven. Schirra's capsule, named Sigma 7, is on display in the museum. The seared heat shield from Gordon Cooper's Faith 7 capsule also is on view. Other men who contributed significantly to the space program are recognized with photos and short biographies among them Chris Kraft, the Mercury flight director; Wernher von Braun, who successfully launched America's first satellite into space and designed the boosters that sent men to the moon; and NASA executives James Webb and Robert Gilruth, who guided the space administration in its early years. Museum visitors enter a tunnel with displays relating to early space efforts the world's first satellite, Sputnik, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957; America's first satellite, Explorer I, launched in 1958; and the first manned Mercury flight on May 5, 1961. The museum, which opened March 19, was dedicated on May 11 with five of the original astronauts on hand, along with Betty Grissom. It is operated by the Mercury 7 Foundation, created by the original seven astronauts, as a joint venture with the U.S. Space Camp. In a large gift shop, space-struck visitors can purchase such things as astronaut dinner ($4.99 for chicken, rice, peas, peaches and ice cream, all freeze-dried and packed in a plastic envelope) or packets of freeze-dried ice cream ($2), as well as space-oriented mugs and T-shirts, model rocket engines and launch posters. Seven miles down the road is Spaceport USA, where dozens of rockets and hundreds of space flight artifacts are on view. 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