Supermarket Spaceships

These 1950s life-sized mock-ups helped prepare Americans for the real Space Age.

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Rescuing the Luer Space Ship

At some point the Luer Space Ship was abandoned atop a large hill along Highway 69, near Prescott, Arizona. John and Peter Kleeman, the father-son team that run the Space Age Museum, hired a trucking company to rescue it, which involved some disassembly before it could make the cross-country journey to Connecticut. The mission of the museum is to preserve cultural artifacts of the early Space Age. While they do have some historical NASA objects in their collection, says John, “our focus is upon artifacts and images derived from science fiction, space adventure, Space Age design and the experience of everyday Americans.”


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