Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

The SOVIET SPACE Exhibit was a block buster, multimillion-dollar exhibit presented by the Fort Worth Museum of Science specially for an exclusive six-month showing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Designed to introduce adults and children alike to space exploration on an epic scale, Soviet Space took each visitor on a fascinating journey into the vast frontier beyond Earth.

Visitors to the exhibit could examine artifacts that had actually traveled into space, including Sputnik I which marked the beginning of an American-Soviet race for space supremacy, a Vostok return capsule, a lunar probe, and space suits. The exhibit also includes Granat, a 30-foot tall, four-ton space telescope; Ikarus, a “space motorcycle” propulsion unit for unrestricted travel outside a space vehicle; and a life-size, walk-through model of the Mir space station crew quarters, in which the Soviets set world space endurance records.

It was on display from June 1991 through January 1992, Soviet Space was the first comprehensive view of the Soviet space program ever shown in the United States.  I was fortunate to serve as Director of Operations with Executive Director Robert Townsend and I was responsible for the design using noted exhibit designer David Gibson and fabrication of the exhibit.  During the exhibit, I was responsible for the daily operation including staff and volunteers.