While travel to heavenly bodies may not be on your agenda anytime soon, this week you will be able to see items with Oklahoma connections that have broken the bonds of this earthly realm.
The University Center of Southern Oklahoma will be hosting a traveling trunk of artifacts from the U.S. space program beginning Monday. The items have been on display at Murray State College for the past week. “Attending an Oklahoma Historical Society trunk showing is a great way to get hands-on experience with artifacts typically reserved for museum viewing,”  MSC president Joy McDaniel said in a statement last week.
The Oklahoma Historical Society maintains 25 museums and historical sites across the state. Along with artifacts dating back to prehistoric Oklahoma sites, the society is also responsible for more recent items used by astronauts with Oklahoma connections.
Thomas P. Stafford, a Custer County native who flew on Gemini and Apollo missions that eventually landed humans on the moon, carried the first state flag to ever be flown around the moon. A miniature version of the flag he carried on Apollo 10 will be on display, along with one of his original Apollo space suits.
Models of U.S. spacecraft from Mercury to the Space Shuttle will also be on display, along with authentic meteorite fragments and a life support system used during spacewalks.
Admission is free and open to the public. The traveling trunk from the Oklahoma Historical Society will be on display at UCSO through Sept. 27.