Air and Space Museum: Spacesuits and Underwear

Field review by the editors.

Cahokia, Illinois

The astronaut suits of Gus Grissom and Gordo Cooper not only survived the rigors of space travel, they also survived earthly floods in 1986 and 1993 that destroyed two previous versions of this museum. This one opened in 2005 and thus far has remained dry.

St. Louis was where a number of the early NASA space capsules were built, and one of the most prized exhibits at the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum is the golf cart in which President Kennedy toured the capsule factory. The space suits and underwear of Grissom and Cooper also occupy a showcase of honor. The museum believes that the shiny silver Grissom suit was the one he wore in the famous Mercury 7 "Right Stuff" photograph.

Air and Space Museum: Spacesuits and Underwear

Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum

Address:
2300 Vector Drive, Cahokia, IL
Directions:
Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum. At St. Louis Downtown Airport, which is in Illinois. From St. Louis drive east into Illinois on I-55. Take exit 1. Drive south on IL-3 for two miles. Turn left onto Judith Lane. Drive three-quarters of a mile. Turn right onto Upper Cahokia Rd, then quickly left onto Air Flight Ave. The museum parking lot is at the end of Air Flight Ave, on the left.
Hours:
F-Su 10-4, or by appt. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
618-332-3664
Admission:
Free, donations accepted.
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