Boasting one the world's greatest collections of space and rocket memorabilia, the United States Space & Rocket Center is the NASA's Marshall Flight Center's Official Visitor Center, and is also a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. Visitors can get a better understanding of NASA's journey to put a man on the moon during the intense Space Race through the development of the International Space Station and space shuttle program. They can also view onwards to the future to the newest technological innovations and private space ventures. The collection of the U. S. Space & Rocket Center also features a Skylab solar array, the Apollo 15 capsule "Casper," the original Mercury and Gemini capsule trainers, and several simulators of space travel and hands-on interactive exhibits.
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ISS: Science on Orbit
Visitors can experience what it is truly like to work and live in space in the center's new exhibit, ISS: Science on Orbit. The exhibition also includes a replica of the Payload Operations Integration Center of NASA, where engineers and scientists on Earth oversee the international, complex science experiments on the International Space Station that are conducted by the astronauts.
The Shuttle Park at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the chronology of launch vehicles, the most exhaustive chronology in the United States. These launch vehicles include a genuine external tank, real space shuttle nozzles of the main engine, and two solid rocket boosters. The Shuttle Park also contains the only Space Transportation System that is fully-stacked in the world. Pathfinder, an orbiter displayed in Shuttle Park, is bordered by a T-38, a twin-engine supersonic jet. The T-38 is used in astronaut training.
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Mercury astronaut John Glenn stated the United States Space & Rocket Center's Rocket Park was "the finest rocket collection in the world." Within the park are twenty-seven rockets and missiles that represent how the rocketry of the Army launched the country's space program, as well as helped create the Marshall Space Flight Center of NASA.
Saturn V Hall at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration
Visitors to the Saturn V Hall at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration can experience the spectacular view of an authentic Saturn V rocket, a National Historic Landmark. This rocket is one of the world's only three Saturn V rockets. The hall also features Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA contributions to space exploration in the past, present, and future. Photo: U.S. Space & Rocket Center
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