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U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is a state-run museum that displays rockets, achievements, and relics from the United States’ space program. “A terrific opportunity to learn about space in a town that has embraced the space program from the very beginning,” astronaut Owen Garriott said of the museum, which is sometimes referred to as “Earth’s largest space museum.”

The Apollo 12 Moon landing, the second crewed mission to the lunar surface, occurred shortly after the center opened in 1970. It houses interactive science exhibitions, Space Shuttle exhibits, and Army rocketry and airplanes, as well as Apollo Program artifacts. The center, which is located close to the Huntsville Botanical Garden near exit 15 on Interstate 565, houses over 1,500 permanent rocketry and space exploration artifacts as well as many rotating rocketry and space-related exhibitions. The center offers bus tours of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, which is located nearby. 

Visitors can stay on the premises for two camp programs to learn more about spaceflight and aviation. U.S. Space Camp provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the space program through the use of simulators, lectures, and training exercises. Simulations, lectures, and survival exercises are all part of the Aviation Challenge experience, which includes a taste of military fighter pilot training. For children and adults, both camps provide residential and day camp educational programs.

Contact Information

1 Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL 35805
(800) 637-7223


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