The Johnsville Centrifuge & Science Museum will reopen on April 17th and will be open on the first and third Sunday of each month between 1 and 3:30 PM. We look forward to this year as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Alan Shepard’s historic flight in May and take part in the year long celebration of Warminster’s tricentennial. Looking forward to next February, we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s orbital mission. The Bucks County connection is cannot be understated as the American astronauts endured grueling training sessions on the world famous Johnsville Centrifuge right here in Warminster, PA until just before their missions.
We also have an exhibit of the Mercury Program currently on display at the Warminster Township Parks and Recreation office at 1101 Little Lane in Warminster as part of our own contribution to 100 years of Naval Aviation and Warminster’s Tricentennial. The exhibit tells the story of the technology and people behind our nation’s early space exploration efforts as well as marking President Kennedy’s speech that put Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on a trajectory to where no man had gone before. It also commemorates the service members, workers and contractors who played a part in our success as a nation by contributing their services at the Naval Air Development Center. Stop in and check it out when you are in the area.
Plans are underway for our Second Annual Spring Gala which will be held on Saturday, May 14 at the VE Club. Details are on our home page at www.nadcmuseum.org. We hope you come out to for a fun night to support us. We look forward to seeing all of our friends at the Gala and at the museum as we kick off another great season.
Finally, we recently were granted approval from the Smithsonian Institute to bring the original gondola that was used for training the Mercury astronauts back to Warminster. We’ll have more details on the move soon.