Main Exhibit Area
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) is a Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The Center has one of the largest collections of rockets and space memorabilia anywhere in the world. Guests learn about the dramatic Space Race – NASA’s journey toward putting man on the moon – through the development of the space shuttle program and International Space Station, and look forward to private space ventures and the latest technological innovations for the future. The USSRC collection also includes the original Mercury and Gemini capsule trainers, the Apollo 16 capsule “Casper,” a Skylab solar array and many hands-on interactive exhibits and space travel simulators.
The USSRC regularly features traveling exhibits from around the world. Click here to learn about today’s exhibit and to see what’s coming soon! Also, enjoy daily features on the 67-foot screen in Huntsville’s only full-dome IMAX® Theater or on the 52-foot high-definition screen in the National Geographic Theater. Click here for a full schedule of movies showing regularly during normal business hours.
Finally, make plans to go on a bus tour of Redstone Arsenal, headquarters to the Army Materiel Command and home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The tour, which operates daily, includes the National Historic Landmark Redstone Test Stand, the International Space Station mission control center for experiments and the Dynamic Test Stand used to test the Saturn V rocket.
ISS: Science on Orbit
Get a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space in our brand new exhibition, ISS: Science on Orbit. Experience a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, science experiments that astronauts conduct on the International Space Station.
Saturn V Hall at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration
Experience the mesmerizing view of a National Historic Landmark – an authentic Saturn V rocket – one of only three in the world, located in the Saturn V Hall in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. The hall showcases NASA and Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) contributions to historic, current and future space exploration.
Rocket Park at the USSRC was called “the finest rocket collection in the world” by Mercury astronaut John Glenn. In the park, 27 missiles and rockets show how Army rocketry launched America’s space program and gave rise to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
Explore the most complete chronology of launch vehicles in the country, including the world’s only fully-stacked Space Transportation System (STS) that includes two solid rocket boosters, genuine space shuttle main engine nozzles and a genuine external tank. This orbiter, Pathfinder, is on display in Shuttle Park and is flanked by a T-38, a twin-engine supersonic jet used in astronaut training.
Visit the commemorative bricks in the Apollo Courtyard that encircle the vertical Saturn V replica outside the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. Alumni and supporters of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center are included in this collection of commemorative bricks honoring the innovative engineers and scientists who took us to the moon. If you have purchased a brick, click here to find its location.
IMAX® Spacedome Theater
Your senses will soar as you enjoy an IMAX® movie in the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s 67-foot Spacedome Theater. This is Huntsville’s only IMAX® dome screen and it fills your entire field of vision, surrounding you and your guests with the on-screen action!
National Geographic Theater
Quality educational documentaries presented in 3D with Xpand active 3D glasses on an impressive 52-foot screen.Located inside the Saturn V Hall in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration.