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					                                                               Contact:       Molly O’Connell
                                                                              312-322-0524
                                                                              moconnell@adlerplanetarium.org

                                                                              Amy McGee
                                                                              312-542-2424
                                                                              amcgee@adlerplanetarium.org

                                                            For Immediate Release: September 14, 2005

        NASA’s ONLY LOST SPACECRAFT - FIND IT AT THE ADLER
        Liberty Bell 7 - Found After 38 Years – Arrives at the Adler Planetarium
             LOST SPACECRAFT Special Exhibition Opens October 2, 2005
CHICAGO – Today, against a backdrop of the Chicago skyline, Liberty Bell 7, America’s second manned
space mission and NASA’s only lost spacecraft, arrived safely at the Adler Planetarium.

For the first time since it was built in 1930, the Adler Planetarium removed its original Art Deco bronze and
beveled glass doors and panels to accommodate the 4,000-pound spacecraft and its display case. A 60-ton
crane lifted the space capsule to the entrance of the Adler’s historic landmark building, America’s First
Planetarium.

This national treasure is the centerpiece of LOST SPACECRAFT: Liberty Bell 7 Recovered, a special
exhibition opening at the Adler Planetarium on October 2 and running through January 8, 2006.

In 1961, Liberty Bell 7 was America's second manned space flight. When it splashed down in the Atlantic, the
hatch blew open unexpectedly. Astronaut Lt. Colonel Virgil “Gus” Grissom narrowly escaped before the
spacecraft sank to the ocean floor. For nearly four decades, it remained NASA's only lost spacecraft.

The LOST SPACECRAFT exhibition plunges visitors into the Cold War era when the United States
competed with the Soviet Union in a race to the Moon. Nearly 40 years later, state-of-the-art technology
enabled explorers to raise the space capsule from the ocean’s floor.

The Adler’s interactive exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to see the fully-restored Liberty Bell 7 space
capsule, learn how astronauts trained for early NASA missions, experience a rocket launch sequence and
much more.

“The arrival of the Liberty Bell 7 space capsule was an exciting moment for all of us at the Adler
Planetarium,” said Adler President Paul H. Knappenberger Jr., PhD. “We look forward to sharing this national
treasure with Chicago as part of the Lost Spacecraft exhibit this fall.”

For more LOST SPACECRAFT information and photos of the arrival of Liberty Bell 7, visit the pressroom
at www.adlerplanetarium.org.

LOST SPACECRAFT is presented by ComEd, An Exelon Company, with additional support from LaSalle
Bank.

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                           1300 South Lake Shore Drive • Chicago, IL 60605 • www.adlerplanetarium.org
LOST SPACECRAFT ARRIVAL
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The Adler Planetarium – America’s First Planetarium – was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max
Adler. The museum is the only museum in the world with two full-size planetarium theaters and home to one
of the world’s most important antique instrument collections. The Adler is a recognized leader in science
education, with a focus on inspiring young people, particularly women and minorities, to pursue careers in
science.

The Adler Planetarium is marking its 75th Anniversary by launching a year of celebration and a new vision for
its future. A new mission will expand the museum’s current focus on astronomy to celebrate human space
exploration and America’s space heroes. Through this new vision, the Adler will help inspire the next
generation of explorers.

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Photos available in the Adler Planetarium’s pressroom at www.adlerplanetarium.org.




                         1300 South Lake Shore Drive • Chicago, IL 60605 • www.adlerplanetarium.org

				
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