What to Do When You See the Launchball Museum: This week, a new exhibit is opening at the Frost Science Museum.
The exhibit, “The Launchball, Part I,” tells the story of the original launch ball in the 1950s.
The museum, located in Frost Park, will be opening for its first season of activities on March 5, 2018.
The exhibit highlights some of the history of the launch ball and shows the history behind its creation.
“The launch ball is a symbol of innovation and the beginning of the end of the rocket era,” says museum president and chief curator Dr. David G. Miller.
“Its evolution and development has been a key part of the evolution of space exploration.”
The exhibit will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will be accessible to anyone, including students, visitors, the elderly, and children.
“We’re just thrilled to have this new way to learn about the history and evolution of this object,” says Miller.
The launchball was developed by John C. Calley, who also created the rocket-powered balloon.
The rocket was first flown in the 1940s and was the first reusable rocket to be launched.
In the 50s, the launch is thought to have been used to test the first launch vehicles.
The first manned spaceflight took place in the United States in 1958.
In the early 1960s, NASA launched the Apollo spacecraft and later, the space shuttle.