NASA: Conquering Low Earth Orbit

A Shuttle Lands in the Library! 

NASA Shuttle at-the-library
NASA shuttle at the library

The Shuttle Legacy, or “Conquering LEO” (low earth orbit), exhibit is a salute to the Shuttle program. The exhibit featured fifteen display cases of varying heights and a 13’ tall, 1:15 scale Space Shuttle full stack model. Two free-standing text walls summarized Shuttle’s 30 year mission, featuring some of the discoveries and benefits from the Shuttle Program.
Cases displayed either artifacts, touchable hardware, space suit parts, models and videos.

The NASA : Conquering Low Earth Orbit Ribbon Cutting was on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Thank you to Executive Director Felicitas Cortez and Board Member Panorea Bakutis of the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce for facilitating the ribbon cutting. Library Director Mary Weimar and Head of Outreach Kelly Cuci thanked YRC Freight for sponsoring the NASA Shuttle Legacy exhibit. Cuci cut the ribbon next to Weimar, Bakutis, Former Library Trustee, Denis Ryan, and a representative from YRC Freight.




NASA Special Collection at Orland Park LibraryNASA Special Collection at Orland Park Library

What do an astronaut’s jumpsuit, aloe vera lotion, camcorder video camera, and thermal underwear have in common? They are all part of an amazing collection of more than 320 artifacts from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and anonymous patrons donated to the Orland Park Public Library.

Established by the Library in 2010, NASA Special Collection artifacts are primarily obtained through a program courtesy of the General Service Administration and Illinois Central Management Services for the enjoyment, education and research purposes of patrons in Orland Park and surrounding communities. The Orland Park Public Library is a member of the American Alliance of Museums.