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U.S. Space & Rocket Center
A Smithsonian Affiliate, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center houses the most complete collection of national treasures from space exploration on the planet. This exclusive venue offers a breathtaking backdrop that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. All types of events are welcome, and the team of experienced professionals are ready to assist you to make your visit a spectacular success. Located in Huntsville Alabama, this is a trip for the whole family.
Above and Beyond: Race at the speed of sound, soar to orbit for a spectacular 360-degree view of Earth and climb aboard a fascinating journey to Mars. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, “Above and Beyond” takes you faster, farther and higher for a once-in- a-lifetime experience. Spark!Lab: This interactive space allows visitors of all ages to become engineers as they work on design challenges, from cleaning up the ocean to creating a flying machine. The hands-on activities inspire students of all ages to use critical thinking skills to solve problems and realize they, too, can be an inventor.
Main Exhibit Area
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) is a Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. We have one of the largest collections of rockets and space memorabilia on display anywhere in the world. Guests journey through America’s Space Race and NASA’s plan to put man on the moon, the development of the space shuttle program and the International Space Station, and get a glimpse of the future in commercial space ventures and the latest technological innovations. The Rocket Center regularly features traveling exhibits from around the world. Also, enjoy daily films on the 67-foot screen in Huntsville’s only full-dome IMAX® Theater or in the 52-foot, high-definition screen in the National Geographic Theater. Finally, plan a ride on the bus tour of Redstone Arsenal, headquarters to the Army Material Command and home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
ISS: Science on Orbit:
Get a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space as you walk through the space station in ISS: Science on Orbit. Experience a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, science experiments that astronauts conduct on the International Space Station.
Saturn V Hall at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration:
Experience the mesmerizing view of a National Historic Landmark – an authentic Saturn V rocket – one of only three in the world, located in the Saturn V Hal of the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. The hall showcases NASA and Marshall Space Flight Center contributions to historic, current and future space exploration.
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Rocket Park was called “the finest rocket collection in the world” by Mercury astronaut John Glenn. In the park, 27 missiles and rockets show how Army rocketry launched America’s space program and gave rise to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
Explore the most complete chronology of launch vehicles in the country, including the world’s only fully-stacked Space Transportation System that includes two solid rocket boosters, genuine space shuttle main engine nozzles and a genuine external tank. The Pathfinder orbiter is on display in Shuttle Park and is flanked by a T-38, a twin-engine supersonic jet used in astronaut training, and the newest addition to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Shuttle Training Aircraft, the only one of NASA’s four modified Gulfstream II aircraft on display anywhere in the world.
Visit the commemorative bricks in the Apollo Courtyard that surround the vertical Saturn V replica outside the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. Alumni and supporters of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center have given tribute to honor the innovative engineers and scientists who took us to the moon.
Huntsville is the second largest city in Alabama. Besides the Space museum, The University of Alabama offers great football, especially if you are a fan. The Huntsville International Airport is serviced by the major airlines so it’s easy to get there. Let Travelkatz help you have a special vacation to Huntsville and the Space & Rocket Center. It will be like seeing your own Star Wars adventure. Give us a call at 352-277- 7300.
Alabama State Capital: Montgomery
Founded in 1819, Montgomery is named for General Richard Montgomery, a Revolutionary War officer killed in the attack on Quebec. Though Montgomery passed away nearly 45 years before Alabama’s capital was established, he was thrust back in the news in 1819 when his home state of New York successfully convinced Quebec to return his remains. It’s unclear why a Southern settlement decided to name their city after a New York war hero, though the fact that several of the settlement’s original founders hailed from New England may have played some role in the decision-making.
In a strange coincidence, Alabama’s capital is located in Montgomery County, but though city and county share a moniker, they’re named for completely different people. While Montgomery city is named after Richard Montgomery, the county is named for Major Lemuel Montgomery, who died in 1814 while fighting the Creek Indians under Andrew Jackson. In a final twist, historians now believe the two Montgomerys may have been distantly related.
First White House of the Confederacy: Built in 1835 this “White House” served as the First White House for the Confederacy in 1861 and was occupied by Jefferson Davis and his family. Davis only spent 4 months here as ” the confederate president” and then moved to Richmond, VA. This house is well worth your time to view. It has all the bedrooms, sitting rooms etc perfectly preserved with furniture and artifacts from the time. The volunteers are extremely well versed in its history and are quick to kindly answer all questions.
You’ll walk in and immediately be met by a gentleman who introduces himself as Yankee Bob. He then will let you know that the self-guided tour was “free, but as we all know nothing is really free.” He will let you know that you’ll have to listen to him for a couple of minutes. He then started to talk about the history of the house and the Confederacy. You’ll find him to be extremely knowledgeable and full of energy. It was obvious that for him this wasn’t a job, but rather a passion. After talking about the house and the area for about 20 minutes you can pick up the self-guided tour books and walk around inside the house. Almost everything in the home is original from the period. It is very well maintained and much of the furniture layout was done by Mrs. Jefferson Davis when the association took over the home in 1900. Even if you are not a history buff, this is worth the time.
Martin Luther King’s home and parsonage: A recent visit to this modest house will give you an extraordinary insight into the civil rights era and its leader MLK. As a guide, Dr. Shirley Cherry is unique. It is not just her expansive knowledge but her ability to take you back in time that makes the tour such a wonderful experience. You will gain insights into the leaders such as Dr. King and you will hear about the behind the scenes heroes and be inspired by their actions. It is a terrific piece of history, a fascinating tour, and a very inspiring place to go when you need some encouragement about what one person can do. The most rewarding tour.
The Capital: When you take this guided tour; you’ll find the guide is very informative as to the history of the state of Alabama as well as its troubled civil rights history. You’ll learn quite a bit about George Wallace. You could meet the State Treasurer as well as the Secretary of State while you are there. Well worth a visit.
The Zoo: Small but well designed park with a lot packed in. Fun train ride, nice Pavilion, great shaded paths for hot summers. Truly, for a small park, it packs a big impact and is preferable to other Zoos you may have visited. Tons of animals. Love the otters. The old part of the park is in dire need of update though the reptile room and caged bird walks through are fun. The large animal enclosures are extremely small, especially for elephants and giraffes. You’ll love this park and enjoy every visit. Wish the city could expand this small gem.
Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s Museum: You’ll really enjoyed this visit. The museum is set in a previous home of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald which gives the place a lovely atmosphere. All visits are done with a tour guide – excellent. The museum houses a varied collection of letters, writings, paintings, books and artifacts either produced or collected by the Fitzgeralds.
Hank Williams Museum: Physically it is a small place, but if you take the time to read all the information it is a great collection. You could probably spend 1-2 hours here. Make sure you understand the photography and phone rules. Many of the exhibits are one of a kind and pictures/phones are not allowed inside the museum itself (except in the lobby). Overall, it is a great collection since Hanks career was so short. Very nice museum, full of personal items including blue Cadillac Hank died in. A very nice and very respectful tribute to one of the greatest singer/songwriters to ever live. They have a very nice gift shop full of great collectibles at reasonable prices. Museum is definitely worth a visit especially if you are a music fan!
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