Facts and Stats

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

  • 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®, Space Camp® Robotics and U.S. Cyber Camp.

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

  • The USSRC is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 more than 849,000 visitors in 2018.

  • 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 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 students 9-18 years old. Additional programs are offered for trainees who are blind or visually impaired and deaf or hard of hearing. 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 900,000 trainees have graduated from a Space Camp® program since its inception in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1982, including European Space Agency astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA astronauts Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Dr. Kate Rubins, Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Christina Koch.

  • Children and teachers from more than 150 international locations attended Space Camp® programs.

    Click HERE for more information on Space Camp® programs.


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

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