On March 17, 1970, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center opened its doors to the
public showcasing the American Space Program. Since then, millions of people
have visited the Space Center. The Center is a hands on museum that has brought
together the excitement of space travel within the grasp of countless adults and
children from around the United States.
It has some 65 hands-on exhibits, more
than 1,500 permanent rocketry and space exploration artifacts, and hourly
presentations. A bus tour to nearby Marshall Space Flight Center can be taken,
where you can see and learn about the early steps taken in America's
Space Race. The museum also boasts the only full scale Space Shuttle model
(Pathfinder) in the Space Shuttle Park, dedicated to the seven crew members who
died on Challenger Mission 51-L, and its extensive Rocket Park.