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The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is the Official Visitor Center of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and is also a Smithsonian Affiliate museum. The Center tells the story of four decades of space exploration and also looks to the future with exhibits highlighting the next generation of space vehicles, from Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser to NASA’s Space Launch System.Located off Interstate 565 in Huntsville, Alabama, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is the nation’s most complete collection of America’s space vehicles, with nearly 1,500 artifacts, interactive experiences and immersive simulators that provide an exhilarating experience for all who visit. A Saturn V moon rocket, the largest object in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution, is the centerpiece of a collection spanning more than half a century. From the Apollo 16 command module, to the launch console for Explorer I, to next-generation vehicles, guests learn the past and future of mankind’s greatest journey.The Center’s Rocket Park, which astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn called “the finest rocket collection in the world,” includes 27 missiles and rockets. Shuttle Park, the home of the Pathfinder orbiter, is the only place in the world that visitors can see a full-stack configuration of the Space Shuttle.The Rocket Center’s newest permanent exhibition, International Space Station: Science on Orbit, provides an immersive experience of NASA’s current manned spaceflight activities. Guests explore a model of the Payload Operation Integration Center, where NASA manages the experiments on the station, as well as two full modules of the ISS, interacting with digital displays and machines in order to learn about how astronauts live and work in space.The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is open seven days per week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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