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Sally’s Adventures: U.S. Space and Rocket Center

The recent SpaceX launch has sparked a renewed interest in the space program.
Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 10:49 PM CDT
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By Sally Pitts | June 26, 2020 at 9:19 AM CDT - Updated June 26 at 10:27 PM

HUNTSVILLE Ala. (WSFA) - The recent SpaceX launch has sparked a renewed interest in the space program.

In Alabama, there’s no better place to learn about the history of America’s space race than the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.

US Space and Rocket Center
US Space and Rocket Center(WSFA)

Former NASA Astronaut Wendy Lawrence told WSFA 12 News she believes everyone should visit the Space and Rocket Center.

“Where else in the world can you walk the length of a Saturn V rocket?” Lawrence said.

The Saturn V Rocket on display in Huntsville is one of only three in the world. It’s one of many features that showcases Alabama’s role in the space race.

US Space and Rocket Center
US Space and Rocket Center(WSFA)

“We do have Dr. Von Braun’s office, which is remade in here down to what books he had on his shelf, which is pretty amazing. And then we have different engine so you can see how big these engines are. I mean, you can stand inside an engine, it’s so huge,” says Katie Anderson, Museum Director for the Space and Rocket Center.

The museum has, step by step, been reopening after two months of being closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The INTUITIVE Planetarium is also planning to reopen Friday night.

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