Privacy Policy


The U.S. Space & Rocket Center's goal is to inform, excite, inspire and involve children and adults in learning science, aviation, and space exploration. While we develop and encourage interactivity in learning, we strive to ensure online safety and privacy of our users. The USSRC is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and secure environment on the Internet for all of our visitors, complying fully with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). Notice of our information practices are explained below as required by the Federal Trade Commission's Children's Online Privacy Protection Regulations

Information Collected

As with all internet web sites, the USSRC collects some information indirectly from all users visiting our web site. The information that is collected is explained below:

System Logging

  • Our web server and e-mail systems keep log files about transactions.

  • We do analyze our web logs to calculate statistics on which pages are visited and how long visitors stay on our site.

  • We do not track individuals with this information. We are required to retain this information for the security of our website and online service.

  • E-mail addresses of messages sent from our system are logged as well. These logs are not viewed unless necessary for security purposes.

Internet Addresses

  • The USSRC gathers Internet Protocol Address (IP Addresses) and pages viewed as a part of the logging system within the web server.

  • When calculating statistics on visitors and pages viewed, IP Addresses are used in broad calculations.

  • IP Addresses are never used to personally identify users unless a security breach warrant an investigation.

Use of Cookies

  • The USSRC may use session cookies for visitors to our site. A session cookie is a temporary file stored in the browser that is deleted when it either expires or the browser is closed.

  • No privacy or personal information is stored in a cookie from this site.

  • We may store a temporary number which helps us understand traffic patterns or help us control access to restricted pages.

  • Some features of USSRC site may not function properly without session cookies being enabled.

Email Marketing Information Collected and How it is Used.

  • The USSRC collects and maintains an opt-in submission e-mail subscription list which we use to send e-mail messages about new and interesting space and aviation science.

  • If your child subscribes to the list, you will be notified and given the opportunity to unsubscribe them.

  • Unless otherwise indicated, information is collected via a web page form.

  • The first name is collected for the purpose of personally addressing e-mail messages to the child.

  • The e-mail address is collected to allow us to send messages about the USSRC or the USSRC's web site updates.

  • The postal zip code is collected to help us evaluate the effectiveness of marketing campaigns, and is never correlated to a child for reasons other than providing the USSRC with demographic data.

  • The date of birth is collected with the intent of eventually sending the child a birthday greeting; also to let us know that the child is in the correct age group for our site. The birth date is also required so that we may comply with the requirements of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. A child's age is not associated with a name in this analysis.

  • The format of the message is collected indirectly through the first e-mail message. The format can either be plain text, or like a web page, in color.

  • The parent's e-mail address is collected to send notice to the parent that his or her child has subscribed to our mailing list.

  • We do not disclose any of this information to third parties.

Third Party Disclosure

  • The USSRC does not sell information to third parties; however, information is sometimes provided to third parties that are participating with the USSRC in special projects or promotions.


  • The USSRC does not prohibit the participation in any activity based on requiring more personal information than is necessary.

Review or Deletion of Privacy Data

  • The USSRC will make a child's information available for review by the child's parent. Any parent wishing to review or have deleted personally identifiable information about his or her child should telephone the provided contact.

Contact Information: "Operators"

Brenda Carr is the primary contact and as such is responsible for the USSRC's official hosting of this issue.

  • Brenda Carr
    Vice President Development
    U.S. Space & Rocket Center
    One Tranquility Base
    Huntsville, AL 35805

Links to External Sites

  • The USSRC tries to provide a safe, fun and private environment for children to learn about space, aviation and science.

  • We may link to other sites for the convenience of your children, but we are not responsible for the content or practices of these sites.

  • We recommend you read their privacy policies before providing them information.

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