New digital exhibits on the evolution of aviation and spaceflight are now available to Internet users worldwide!
Weatherford, Okla. (November 18, 2016) – The Stafford Air and Space Museum houses one of the finest collections of aerospace artifacts in the central United States, and is now on view for Internet users worldwide through the Google Cultural Institute.
“We are proud the Google Cultural Institute will include collections from the Stafford Air and Space Museum,” said Museum Director Max Ary. “We have worked closely with the Smithsonian Institution, NASA and the U.S. Air Force Museum to assemble thousands of artifacts, and hope these exhibits will motivate people around the world to learn and someday visit the museum in person.”
More than 50 actual artifacts and high-fidelity replicas currently displayed at the museum will be included in the Google Arts and Culture Collection. In addition, a featured exhibit will focus on the Apollo Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) mission, the first international joint space mission between Russia and the United States, which was conducted in 1975. General Thomas P. Stafford, the museum’s namesake, served as the U.S. Commander of the ASTP mission.
Using the Street View feature, online visitors can virtually move around the Stafford Air and Space Museum, selecting works that interest them and clicking to discover more or diving into the high resolution images, where available.
A specially designed Street View ‘trolley’ took 360 degree images of selected exhibits which were then stitched together, enabling smooth navigation of over six large galleries within the Museum, including aircraft ranging from the Wright Flyer to the F-16, and space history from Robert Goddard to the Space Shuttle.
“Google aims to highlight a wide breadth of art, history and culture through the Cultural Institute,” said Andrew Silvestri, Google’s head of public affairs for the Central Region. “The story of General Stafford’s journey to becoming a world-renowned astronaut has inspired generations of Oklahomans. This partnership will allow new audiences the opportunity to explore the history of American aerospace and aviation, potentially inspiring the next generation of space pioneers.”
View the live exhibit here.
About the Google Cultural Institute
The Google Cultural Institute is dedicated to creating technology that helps the cultural community to bring their cultural treasures, archives, heritage sites and other material online. The aim is to increase the range and volume of material from the cultural world that is available for people to explore online and in doing so, democratize access to it and preserve it for future generations.