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By D Magazine |

When planners first announced that the Automobile Building at Fair Park would be the site for Ramies the Great, people were skeptical. The building was not the kind of place one would expect to see such a highbrow exhibition.

But by the time 1. 2 million people hod toured the magnificent exhibit – forgetting complete-ly the building which housed it – the skeptics became believers. And Ramses the Great, which produced a positive eco-omic impact on the area of nearly $155 million, was, by most any definition, a phenomenal success.

Now many of the same people who designed and produced Ramses the Great have created another blockbuster exhibit for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. This new exhibit is even more spectacular than the last. Under the direction of Robert H. Townsend, a fourth generation Dallas native, this once static collection of space “hardware” has been transformed into the area’s hottest attraction yet.

“The sensory experience of Soviet Space is the closest encounter most of us will have with space travel in our lifetimes, ” said executive director Townsend. “The exhibit is also giving visitors an unprecedented look at the once highly secret Soviet space program. “

Huge fiber-optic star fields, theatrical lighting, and other special effects create the backdrop for more than 60 Soviet space artifacts including Lunokhod 2, a lunar rover that explored more than 23 mites of the moon’s surface. Visitors to the exhibit will see the lunar rover operated on a massive lunar landscape created by David Gibson, principal designer of Soviet Space. Gibson and Exhibitgroup of Dallas also designed and built Ramses the Great In 1989.

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