Dr. Werner von Braun, a German rocketry wizard, understood the historical importance of both when he became director of the Redstone Arsenal and the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1960.
The Alabama Space and Rocket Center is now known as the United States. The Space & Rocket Center opened its doors on March 17, 1970, shortly after mankind made his second moon landing.
Besides the name, the center has changed a lot in the last half century.
Rising above the physical facility, the Saturn V rocket has become an icon in the Huntsville skyline, much like New York’s Empire State Building, and its location bears the address “1 Tranquility Base,” the name of Apollo’s 11th spacecraft. attached. landing point.
In fact, the reality of US space travel begins with testing these engineering wonders at a complex just hours up the highway from Anniston.
The site is still relevant today as it was where most of the critical hardware for the recently deployed James Webb Space Telescope was tested. This location was also used as the new US headquarters. Space command announced. Von Braun said a rocket flight to the Moon was possible ten years ago, and when he was appointed to lead the discovery mission, he envisioned a place where the mission’s history and artifacts could be preserved. rice field.
The development of Space Camp, a program designed to allow children and adults to fully immerse themselves in the workings of space, has remained full and was the basis for the popular movie of the same name shot at the Space Center. The Space Center is now affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, with the addition of the Davidson Space Exploration Center. It is staffed by many who once worked in the space program, and visitors can walk from the stern under the Saturn V rocket that took people to the moon. A lunar rover, a mock lunar lander, and real moon rocks are also on display.
You’ll have the chance to feel the cramped quarters of the space station while discovering how astronauts live in zero gravity.
As the times and technology have changed, so have the exhibits. A new planetarium and virtual reality Apollo 11 simulator are just a few of the many new interactive exhibits available for an additional fee. The America Space and Rocket Center is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
General admission is $30 for adults 13 and older, $20 for adults 5-12, and free for children under 4. Admission and ticket purchases for additional interactive attractions are available online at www.rocketcenter.com.