Welcome to the FHSU | Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Digital Repository of Space Exploration - Blueprints. Forsyth Library and the Kansas Cosmosphere have the mission of providing access to rare, one-of-a-kind archives and artifacts related to the exploration of outer space.
The Digital Repository of Cosmosphere Blueprints project has the mission of creating a new and unique digital resource of primary source materials related to space vehicles designed and built to train, transport and house astronauts for and on missions. Currently most of the bluprints being digitized are of the Lunar Landing Training Vehical LLTV). They include drawings, diagrams and shecatics for portions of the LLTV. The collaborative effort between Forsyth Library, the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, and Fort Hays State University will also create educational opportunities for K-12 and post-secondary students as well as professional development opportunities for teachers.
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
Founded in 1962, the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is one of the country's premier space museums and educational complexes. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution since 1998, the Cosmosphere houses the largest space artifact collection outside the National Air and Space Museum and the largest collection of Soviet space artifacts in the Western World. The Cosmosphere was named an official project of Save America's Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the White House. Approximately 285,000 visitors from every state and foreign countries visit the Cosmosphere annually.
The Cosmosphere has restored more than 100 artifacts for the National Air and Space Museum, NASA, and other museums. In addition, the Cosmosphere has restored flown spacecraft such as the Liberty Bell 7 mercury capsule, the Gemini 6 and 10 spacecrafts, and the Apollo 13 command module. The Cosmosphere built 80 percent of the hardware used for the movie Apollo 13 and provided sets, props, and technical assistance for the HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon.
The KCSC Archive
The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center maintains one of the most substantial archival collections documenting manned space exploration outside of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The intellectual content of the archive is of national importance. Overall, the archive contains hundreds of blueprints, technical manuals and maintenance documents, other documents, and photographs from the American and Soviet space programs.
As an example of the extent of the collection, the archive includes a complete set of contractor blueprints for the Apollo Command Module and original flow charts that detail the evolution of the Block I Apollo Spacecraft to the Block II Apollo Spacecraft. Documenting the evolutionary process of this spacecraft is historically important because NASA utilized the Block II version to take man to the Moon. The blueprints and flow charts detail one of the most complex machines ever developed. The archived paper collection also details mission success; scientific experiments conducted during missions and hardware development and utilization. To give an example of the value of the collection, the archive includes original Soviet manuals that detail the operation of the Soyuz spacecraft, cosmonaut photographs and Soviet newspapers. Photographs contained within the archive illustrate testing, training, flight preparation, launches, missions and lunar exploration. Therefore, the archives provide great value to the research community. Scholars, the general public and educational institutions that have an interest in manned space exploration will have access to manuals, diagrams, photos and video that details the development and evolution of the equipment used to take man into space and ultimately to the Moon. Very few organizations maintain an archive of this caliber that pertains to manned exploration of space.
Given a collection that includes more than 12,000 artifacts, the Cosmosphere houses one of the world's largest and most significant collections of artifacts related to space exploration. The artifact collections include national treasures as the Apollo 13 command module Odyssey, Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7 Mercury spacecraft, Ron Evans' flown Apollo 17 space suit and one-of-a-kind documents such as flight logs, handwritten checklists and personal items from astronauts from the Mercury program through today. Other artifacts in the Cosmosphere collection range from a German V-2 rocket launch key to a 3.2 billion-year-old Moon rock and include an SR-71 Blackbird, a Titan rocket, the most complete collection of space photography equipment in the world, Chuck Yeager's flight jacket that he wore when he broke the sound barrier, the world's largest collection of space suits, fine art and space memorabilia from popular culture. In addition, the Cosmosphere holds hundreds of items from the Soviet space program that include a flown Vostok spacecraft, flown space suits, a complete set of Vostok, Voskhod and Soyuz spacecraft, personal items from cosmonauts, Soviet space food and artifacts that belonged to key Soviet political figures. Forsyth Library at Fort Hays State University