Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cosmosphere has Russian Space Suits and the Trophy Trout

This morning was Coffee at the Cosmosphere, which they do every third Thursday. The CEO, Chris Orwoll, shows and talks about some of the artifacts in the collection that aren't on display at the moment.

Today's topic was Russian Space Suits. He had a variety of suits, from various time periods, and talked about the particular designs of each one.


He had a little something extra this morning - three recently donated items that were gifts people involved with the space program exchanged. These were largely gag gifts, but memorable ones.

One was the "Trophy Trout," given to Guenter Wendt by astronaut Mike Collins on July 16, 1969. The trout was "fresh" when nailed on the board and presented to Wendt. He had it in his freezer for 14 years before he found someone who could freeze dry and preserve it.

These will eventually be on display at the Cosmosphere. Today was a sneak preview. Hear the whole story:


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bryon said...

My dad had just told me about this. He's the fellow in the first photo, wearing the blue shirt with the white stripes with his back to the camera. Nice to get some visuals to go along with the description.

Patsy Terrell said...

So glad you enjoyed it. Those are always interesting.