The Spirit of Space

The first Artemis launch attempt meant getting to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex early in the A.M. making for an interesting time to walk around the mostly deserted exhibits in the dark. The following images are taken inside the Heroes & Legends building that houses the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame. I was in there a good while and never saw anyone else in there. Not surprising at four in the morning.

The outside of the building has a bas-relief of the seven Mercury astronauts.

The Mercury Seven astronauts in the foyer to the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

A statue of Alan Shepherd, the first U.S. astronaut in space, greets the visitors to the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Astronauts inducted into the Hall line the walls. This is no sinecure position. According to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation that selects the inductees, “Each year, inductees are selected by a committee of Hall of Fame astronauts, former NASA officials, flight directors, space historians and journalists; the process is administered by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. To be eligible, an astronaut must have made his or her first flight at least 17 years prior to the induction year. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen and a NASA-trained commander, pilot or mission specialist who has orbited the earth at least once.”

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