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  • The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, located in Huntsville, AL (“Rocket City”) serves as the Official NASA Visitor Center for Marshall Space Flight Center.

  • Marshall Space Flight Center is home to development of the Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket ever designed to carry human explorers, their equipment and science payloads deeper into space than ever before, to an asteroid and to Mars. Marshall also manages the Michoud Assembly Facility, where the core stage of SLS is under construction.

  • The USSRC is home to Space Camp®, Aviation Challenge® Camp, and Robotics Camp.

  • The USSRC offers bus tours of the Marshall Space Flight Center.

  • The USSRC is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

  • Since opening its doors in 1970, nearly 16 million people have toured the Center.

  • The USSRC houses the Spacedome IMAX®. This theater displays films in 70mm film onto a 67 ft dome screen and is one of 21 worldwide.

  • In the Davidson Center for Space Exploration is the National Geographic Theater. Here, quality educational films are presented in 3D.

  • The Center’s main exhibit area contains one of the largest collections of rockets and space memorabilia anywhere in the world and regularly features traveling exhibits from around the globe.

  • At the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, guests can view a National Historic Landmark – an authentic Saturn V rocket – one of only three in the world, located in the Saturn V Hall.

  • The Saturn V rocket is also a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark.

  • Rocket Park is home to 27 missiles and rockets and shows how Army rocketry launched America’s space program and gave rise to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

  • At Shuttle Park guests can explore the most complete chronology of launch vehicles in the country, including the world’s only fully-stacked Space Transportation System (STS).

  • The USSRC is able to accommodate many different types of special events, including: corporate/fundraising, birthdays, weddings, TV/film shoots, press events, conferences and many more.

  • The USSRC is owned by the State of Alabama and operated by the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission (ASSEC).

  • The USSRC is the top paid attraction in Alabama, drawing over 658,000 visitors in 2015.

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  • Notable Artifacts

  • National Historic Landmark Saturn V Moon Rocket

  • Pathfinder – the world’s only full-stack space shuttle display

  • Apollo 16 Command Module

  • Skylab Orbital Workshop

  • Apollo 12 Moon Rock

     

    Space Camp

  • Opened in 1982, Space Camp was inspired by the desire of Wernher von Braun for a science camp for young people.

  • Space Camp and Aviation Challenge crew trainers who lead each 16-member team must have at least a year of college education.

  • Space Camp operates year-round in Huntsville, Alabama, and uses astronaut training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA.

  • Camps are available for fourth grade through high school-age students. Additional programs are offered for trainees who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing and those who have other special needs. Space Camp programs are also available for adults, educators, corporate groups and families. Family programs may include children as young as seven years old.

  • More than 750,000 trainees have graduated from Space Camp and Aviation Challenge since 1982, including STS-131 astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Expedition 48/49 astronaut Dr. Kate Rubins and European Space Agency Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

  • Children and teachers from more than 140 international locations attended Space Camp, Aviation Challenge and Robotics Camp.

    Click HERE for more information on Space Camp, Aviation Challenge and Robotics Camp.

     

For more information about the U.S. Space and Rocket Center contact:

Pat Ammons, Director of Communications - (256)721-5429

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