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Liberty Bell 7 Flown "T" Coupling Front View Liberty Bell 7 Flown "T" Coupling Rear View
Liberty Bell 7 Flown "T" Coupling Front View
Liberty Bell 7 Flown "T" Coupling Back View
This artifact is a tee coupling from the Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft.

Liberty Bell 7 laid undisturbed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for nearly 38 years.

It was recovered by a team led by Curt Newport on July 20, 1999.

After recovery the Kansas Cosmosphere led the restoration and preservation effort of the historic space capsule.

In the process of restoration of Liberty Bell 7, some of the components that were decayed beyond repair were removed from the spacecraft.  These components were later encased in Lucite displays and sold as collectibles by the Cosmosphere.  The Earth To The Moon Air and Space Museum purchased this artifact from the Cosmosphere.

The front of the Lucite Display  states, "Liberty Bell 7 - This is an original component from the Liberty Bell 7 Mercury spacecraft recover from the Atlantic Ocean on July 20, 1999 from a depth of 16043 feet."

The back of the Lucite Display  states, "This LIberty Bell 7 component was removed during an extensive restoration conducted on the spacecraft by the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas.  The item could not be reinstalled in the spacecraft because of the corroded condition of the component to which it was originally attached.  Proceeds derived from making these historic artifacts publicly available will help offset the costs of the Cosmosphere's Liberty Bell 7 restoration and exhibition program."

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