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Marshall Space Flight Center Bus Tour

Don’t miss your chance to visit the Redstone Test Stand, a National Historic Landmark, where static tests of the Juno I and Mercury Redstone Launch Vehicles were performed from 1953 to 1961.

Short of becoming a rocket scientist, there’s no better way to get a glimpse of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) than on the MSFC Bus Tour also known as the NASA Bus Tour!

Take a bus from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center for an exciting tour of the MSFC facilities, including stops at the Historic Test Stands and the Payload Operations Center, which is the science command post for the International Space Station (ISS) and Marshall's central research hub for propulsion systems and technologies, the Propulsion Research and Development Laboratory.

The MSFC Bus Tour ticket is $20 for guests ages five and up and children ages four and under are permitted to ride free. The tour bus departs every day at 12:30 p.m. CST from the blue awning located in front of the main entrance to the USSRC. The tour is led by a trained Museum Presenter, allowing guests to sit back and relax as the presenter explains the past, present and future of Marshall Space Flight Center. The tour lasts approximately 2 - 2 ½ hours and returns to the main entrance at the Rocket Center.

The MSFC Payload Operations Integration Center is responsible for science, research and technology support for the International Space Station. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center tour guide highlights the different roles within the command center, whom the astronauts call when they need help with the science experiments, and different types of research conducted on the International Space Station.

Tour Cost:

  • Adults: $20 per person
    Bus tour tickets are sold separately from museum tickets.
  • Children, ages four and under: Free

Tickets must be purchased at the main ticket desk or call 256-721-7218 for pre-paid reservations. Please note that bus tour ticket sales close each day at 12 p.m. CST.

If you or someone in your party requires accommodations for any disability, please contact our guest services staff at (256) 721-7218 in advance. Arrangements can be made to accommodate your request.

Please note that the tour includes multiple stops where guests will be getting off and back on the bus. Bathroom access is limited.

NASA Bus Tour Rules:
  • All participants must be U.S. citizens
  • Picture I.D. (state issued driver's license or Passport) required for anyone 16 years of age or older.
  • No large bags or backpacks
  • Bags may subject to inspection
  • No food or drinks
  • Bathrooms are not readily available
  • No weapons allowed
  • No outstanding warrants

*Seats are limited and reservations are recommended

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