kansas cosmosphere


More Soviet artifacts at the Kansas Cosmosphere. The museum houses the largest collection of Soviet space artifacts anywhere in the world outside Russia. Kruschev’s desktop model of Sputnik was on display, as was a creepy bust of Yuri Gagarin.

In addition to the backup vehicles for Sputniks I and II, an engine from the R7 missile family was exhibited. The R7 was the parent vehicle for the Soyuz launcher which is still in operation today.

Of the five propaganda medallion spheres launched on some of the early Luna missions, only two are known to remain on the Earth. Both are located in Kansas; one at the Cosmosphere and one at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene.