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Launch to Landing: Oklahomans and Space

This exhibit focuses on the many Oklahomans who played a part in the US air and space program, as well as early Oklahoma pioneers of aviation.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is the Skylab 4 Apollo Command Module (CM-118). This spacecraft carried the final Skylab crew of astronauts—Gerald Carr (commander), Edward Gibson (science pilot), and William Pogue (pilot)—into space to live and work in the Skylab Orbiting Laboratory, or Space Station. The final Skylab mission was the longest mission flown by any Apollo command module. It flew from November 16, 1973, to February 8, 1974, for a total of 84 days in space.

Launch to Landing features a number of personal items utilized by astronauts. Among those are flight suits worn by Fred Haise, John Herrington, and Gordon Cooper, and as well as articles of clothing worn by Shannon Lucid and other crew members of the International Space Station missions. Also available for viewing are the in-flight coverall garment and pants used by Apollo Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa when he flew to the moon and back on Apollo 14 from January 31 to February 9, 1971.

Included in the exhibit are items that are generally associated with Oklahoma aviators and the US air and space program, such as Oklahoma flags flown in space, a NASA Mission Control console, space shuttle heat shield tiles, and lunar samples—also known as “moon rocks.”

Launch to Landing is the culmination of several years of coordination and planning with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, and the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas.

This exhibit has been made possible by the generous support of
The E. L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation
The M. D. Jirous and Barbara Jirous Foundation
The Inasmuch Foundation
Records-Johnston Family Foundation Inc.
Bob Ford
James C. and Teresa K. Day Foundation
Friends of the Oklahoma History Center
National Air and Space Museum
The Smithsonian Institution
The Cosmosphere, Hutchinson, Kansas
Thomas P. Stafford Air and Space Museum, Weatherford, Oklahoma
Bill Moore
Cameron Eagle, Ink Ranch

Observing with NASA

The Oklahoma History Center is hosting Observing with NASA, an exhibit kiosk from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory that engages visitors in the art and science of NASA imagery. Observing with NASA offers an introduction to the tools, data, and skills that NASA space scientists and data visualization experts use to create the images of deep space objects that we all know and love.

On display from September 12 through December 31, 2022, Observing with NASA features a range of NASA’s most iconic images and opportunities for visitors to put their own artistic spin on these images through image analysis and processing. Visit the kiosk in Launch to Landing: Oklahomans and Space.

Observing with NASA was developed for NASA by the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian under NASA award No. 80NSSC19M0158 to the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Logo set against bright stars and a woman touching a kiosk near with space colorful imagery.