Die Gondel der Mercury Astronauten ist wieder zurck in Warminster!

Die Mercury 7Gondolaan wird an ihren
Stellplatz herabgelassen

Der 5.Mai 2011 war ein historischer Tag fr Bucks County, da die Originalgondel der Johnsville Zentrifuge, die fr das erste Astronautentraining verwendet worden war, wieder in Warminster angekommen ist. Sie hat die letzten 47 Jahre im Lager des Air and Space Museums verbracht.

All of America™s pioneering astronauts,  including Alan Shepard, John Glenn and Neil Armstrong trained at the  Johnsville Centrifuge prior to their historic space missions.  In 1963  the gondola was replaced by a larger gondola to accommodate the three  wide configuration needed to train for the Apollo missions.  Shortly  after its replacement it was transferred to the Smithsonian by the US Navy and has remained at the Garber facility ever since. The gondola has recently been “deaccessioned” (taken off the books) by the Smithsonian with ownership transferring to the Johnsville Centrifuge & Science Museum.

A special “Welcome Home” ceremony was held at the Bucks County Visitors Center for the Gondola on the date that marked the 50th Anniversary of the Mercury mission that placed Alan Shepard as the  First American in Space.  The move of the Gondola was made possible  through a grant from History™s® Save Our History® initiative in partnership with Comcast.

We appreciate the support of all of our  supporters and partners, including Banacom Signs of Warminster, PA, The  Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau, Clear Channel  Communications, R. T. Hankinson Trucking of Ottsville, PA, Operating Engineers Local 542, Fort Washington, PA, Penn State University,  Warminster Township, the many community leaders and politicians that wrote letters to the Smithsonian on our behalf, the staff and Management of the National Air and Space Museum and our many dedicated volunteers.  We also appreciate the coverage of the local press, including Action News, Eyewitness News, Patch.com, The Daily  Intelligencer, The Bucks County Herald and the many other local newspapers that sent photographers and reporters. We would like to  extend a special thanks to History and Comcast for their generous support in the form of a $10,000 Save Our History® grant which enabled  us to move the Gondola.