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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Splashdown Grand Turk NASA Exhibit

Aside from the islands excellent soft sand beaches, snorkeling/diving/kayaking, horseback riding, dune buggy safari's and deep sea fishing, there's one more interesting thing to see while visiting Grand Turk. 


Cruisers visiting the island have probably seen this exhibit as it is located on the south end of the cruise terminal, however land vacationers may not be aware the first manned orbit capsule splashed down near Turks & Caicos.

Take time out for a quick visit, and the opportunity to capture a moment of NASA space history in the Caribbean.


Splashdown Photo Credit Travel USA Today by Andy Newman

In 1962 astronaut John Glenn and Scott Carpenter orbited the earth three times, and the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule splashed down a few miles off the coast of Turks & Caicos. 

The free exhibit features amazing replicas unique to the Mercury space program, including a scaled 20-foot-tall Atlas rocket and a full-size, three-dimensional replica of astronaut John Glenn in spacesuit, and a detailed replica of the Friendship 7 capsule. 

And there's also a replica of the Friendship 7 capsule located at the entrance to the Grand Turks Airport. 

Happy Travels,
Linda

Read the account of Joseph J. Frasketi, Jr., who was located on Grand Turk Island where the U.S.A. had a Project Mercury tracking station - The Grand Turk Island Connection with The Project Mercury/Glenn Flight 

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