O.S.S.E. EXHIBITS

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MAJOR O.S.S.E. EXHIBIT MOCKUPS: TOP LEFT PHOTO: Apollo A7L Spacesuit....TOP RIGHT PHOTO: Lunar Excursion Module "Eagle" Lunar Lander....CENTER LEFT PHOTO: Orbital Tranfer Vehicle Cockpit ....LOWER PHOTO: Lunar Roving Vehicle.

The Apollo moonsuit was O.S.S.E.s first full size space exhibit mockup. The suit is a replica of the extra-vehicular pressure suit and Portable Life Support System biopack worn by astronauts in the exploration of the Moon during the U.S. Project Apollo Lunar Landing Missions of the late 1960's and early 1970's. When on display, ANDY ASTRONAUT*tm is the O.S.S.E. logo, spokesman and symbolic representative of the Manned Space Program.

The APOLLO Lunar Module was O.S.S.E. second full size exhibit mockup. Created for the 10th anniversary of the first Lunar Landing. The LEM's ascent crew module is built full size with the descent landing stage constructed at 3/4 actual size. With all rendevous, S-band antennas and landing gear in place the mockup measures over 15 ft tall and has a footprint of 33 ft. Each thermal foil pattern was unique for the 6 Lunar Modules that delivered astonaut crew's to the Moon. O.S.S.E.s lander is representative of Apollo 11's "EAGLE".

For the 15th Anniversary of the First Lunar Landing, O.S.S.E. created a Live simulation of the Apollo 11 moonwalk that was performed at the California Museum of Science and Industry as part of their SPACEWEEK festivities, July 16th thru 24th. Highlights of the Apollo 11 exploration of the Moon were condensed into a 30-minute show scored to music. Using actual recordings of voice transmissions, O.S.S.E. team members portraying Armstrong and Aldrin reenacted the moonwalk syncronous with the tape. Highlights included: Armstrong's first step off the LM onto the Moon, reading the memorial plaque mounted on the LM, raising of the stars and stripes over the lunar surface, geology sampling and placement of scientific instruments to record lunar phenomena after the astronauts departure.

In 1985 O.S.S.E. fabricated a full size operating mockup of the APOLLO Lunar Roving Vehicle that was used by astronauts for geological expeditions across the Moon's surface during the Apollo Lunar Exploration Program of the early 1970's. The O.S.S.E. LRV is powered electrically using a transaxle and steered totally by use of an aircraft type hand controller "stick". Earth type rubber airplane tires have been substituted for the LRV's actual wire mesh tires as they were only rated for 1/6 of earth gravity and would be crushed at 1 "G" LRV weights. The O.S.S.E. LRV measures 10'ft long and 6.5'ft wide and weighs 1,500 lbs. A 36 volt deep cycle battery pack provides 6 hours propulsion time at a speed of 10mph. Max speed is 25 mph on level ground. Top and bottom photos show a complete Lunar Roving Vehicle Exhibit O.S.S.E. created to go with the LRV mockup. Exhibit chronicles the Apollo Expeditions to the Moon.

O.S.S.E. Lunar Roving Vehicle is shown on display at various events. TOP PHOTO: View of LRV taken from Veteran's Bldg. auditorium tower in Lompoc, CA. as part of Vandenburg AFB SPACEWEEK festivities in 1987. CENTER PHOTO: LRV on display at black tie affair "One Small Step" at Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, CA. The Oct 1999 event featured most of the surviving MoonWalkers. LOWER PHOTO: LRV drives up to McDonald's Restaurant as part of a event campaign sponsored by Fisher Space Pen corporation to build a Challenger Space Center in Boulder City, NV.

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