Saturday, May 9, 2015

Kansas to Omaha, NE

On our way to visit family in Omaha, where we will be through the month, we stopped for a few days in Hutchinson and Abilene, Kansas.

In Hutchinson, in addition to the salt mine tour I posted previously, we also visited the Cosmosphere. This museum is dedicated to space flight and the preservation of the history of the Apollo program.

an actual SR71 poised in a permenant banking turn next to a 3/4 scale model of the space shuttle Endeavor

lunar lander

the original Apollo 13 capsule
 Amazing story on the Apollo 13 capsule if you can read below:
 In Abilene, our focus was the Eisenhower Museum.  Abilene was the boyhood home of Dwight D. Eisenhower.  His home, the museum and presidential library and memorial garden, where he is buried, are all on the museum grounds.

 Mike and I had just recently watched the movie, The Imitation Game (based on actual events), so it was interesting to see an Enigma Machine in the museum:

 The chapel in the memorial garden where Eisenhower's remains are interred
 We had to stop by the Russell Stover factory in Abilene. No tours unfortunately, but a huge room full of discount, did not pass inspection, chocolates of every type and size box.  We did sample a few and did buy a few boxes.......for family!!!!:)

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