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Splashdown at Grand Turk Exhibit Open at Cruise Center
2011-02-07 20:46:07 by
A new exhibit commemorating the National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s (NASA) Mercury space program and the historic 1962 splashdown of the Friendship 7 capsule off the coast of Grand Turk is now open at the Grand Turk Cruise Center. “Splashdown Grand Turk” is a 3,500-square-foot attraction celebrating the unique relationship of the American human spaceflight mission and its importance to Grand Turk’s history.

The free exhibit features a scaled 20-foot-tall Atlas rocket, a full-size, three-dimensional representation of astronaut John Glenn in spacesuit, and a detailed replica of the Friendship 7 capsule.

“This exhibit together with the replica of the Friendship capsule at the entrance of the Grand Turk Airport will serve to educate and inform cruise guests, the citizens of Turks & Caicos and other visitors to the islands about this fascinating connection between Grand Turk and the early days of the Mercury space program,” said H.E. Governor Gordon Wetherell, governor of the Turks & Caicos Islands, BWI.

The Grand Turk Cruise Center includes a state-of-the-art pier and 14-acre complex with shops and restaurants. The 2011 cruise season is expected to bring 285 ships carrying approximately 625,000 visitors to Grand Turk.

For more details, visit NASA or the GrandTurkCruiseCenter.com.

(resource: Newmanpr.com)