Uncle Don and Aunt Erica took the boys to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. #2 was so excited about it that he carried the brochure around with him for a few days before going. After visiting the center, the boys are now asking about Space Camp.
Since opening in 1970, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center has been visited by 16 million people. According to the information on the space center's Website the Space and Rocket Center houses thousands of artifacts, including the charred Apollo 16 Command Module, a rock brought back from the moon, the original Saturn V lunar rocket vehicle and a full-sized space shuttle mock-up (pictured below). Huntsville is also home to Marshall Space Flight Center and Redstone Arsenal - where modules for the International Space Station were designed and built as well as the Ares I and Ares V (the future of the space program) are being designed.
|Picture borrowed from www.rd.com|
|Original Saturn V|
Just outside the museum is an area known as Rocket Park. John Glenn calls it "the finest rocket collection in the world."
The museum also houses artifacts from the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
While at the museum the boys watched staff members conduct science experiments and tried out the many exciting exhibits and displays.
The boys were able to see "A T-Rex Named Sue" and "Be The Dinosaur" - two traveling exhibits that will be in Huntsville through September 5th.
The boys enjoyed the rides outside the museum and the Mars climbing wall.
They had a great day at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center thanks to Uncle Don and Aunt Erica!