Since opening in 2012 we have expanded twice and had three astronauts visit our museum to open each phase.
Phase One: Buzz Aldrin
Phase Two: Andy Thomas
Phase Three: Gene Cernan
We are a small dedicated group of volunteers that had received little government funding until 2017, when we received a $50,000 grant from the Gascoyne Development Commission to assist building a full size Mercury Redstone rocket as a display. The total cost of the project will be approximately $95,000. The $45,000 we have generated ourselves from visitor entry fees.
May 19-20 2018 we will be having an official opening of our 25 metre tall rocket. We will be bringing retired NASA Flight Director Gerry Griffin to Carnarvon to dedicate our rocket and attend a fundraiser for the museum. Another special guest will be US Consul General Rachel Cooke.
Gerry is featured in the movie "Mission Control - The Unsung Hero's of Apollo.” The presentation of the movie followed by a Q & A with Prof Lyn Beazley will be our fundraiser.
Our museum is hoping to raise $3,000 to help us fund to bring Gerry from Houston to Carnarvon. This amount, along with our own top up and a $10,000 grant from the Shire of Carnarvon along with other sponsors will make this event a success.
Carnarvon is a small town in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. Our museum assists in bringing tourists to town and has now become the number 1 tourist destination in Carnarvon. Remember we are all volunteers, so we are very proud that our hard work is paying off.
Your donation will assist with making our museum even better. Our full size Mercury Redstone rocket display is rather a large entry statement that will be seen for miles by the driving public. The official opening will be another news worthy story which we hope Perth television stations may once again send a crew up to show off our wonderfull museum.
We hope to secure funding by April 2018.
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