SPACE AND ROCKET CENTER HUNTSVILLE: A MUST-SEE NEAR REDSTONE ARSENAL
By Michael Madrid
Imagine going to the most prominent space museum in the world. Well, at the Space and Rocket Center Huntsville, you can tour over 60,000 square feet of U.S. space excellence. The entertainment doesn't end there because you can participate in activities, watch movies and shows, dine, and learn about all space-related things. If you're ever in Huntsville, Alabama, make sure to stop by, so you can say you've been to the world's largest and most prominent space museum.
Where Is the Space and Rocket Center Huntsville?Known as "Rocket City," you can find the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The address is 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805. It's around a 10-minute drive from downtown Huntsville, located on the northern side of Alabama, next to the Tennessee border. It’s also only minutes away from Huntsville’s military installation, Redstone Arsenal, making it a perfect recreational activity for service members.
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Planning a Visit to the Space and Rocket Center of the U.S. Air ForceIf you're planning a trip to the most significant space museum in the world, you might want some tips on how to plan your visit. There's more than enough to do, so you won't have to worry about getting bored, but there are some things to keep in mind when checking out the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center. Here is a brief list of tips that will help you have a successful day at the space museum:
- The Space and Rocket Center Huntsville, Al, is open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. seven days a week.
- There is free parking, including R.V. and bus parking for guests.
- Over 60,000 square feet of space exists to explore, so that means a lot of walking. Visitors can bring their wheelchairs and strollers, but the museum also offers free wheelchairs and strollers. All you have to do is leave your identification card at the ticket desk.
- Group check-in is with the Daily Group Coordinator if you plan on going with a few people. Typically, group check-in is at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. However, it's subject to change depending on arrival time.
- If you plan camping out in your R.V., the site offers full hook-ups for 30-amp power, water, and sewer. Laundry, bathroom, and shower facilities are also available.
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Fun Activities at the Huntsville Space and Rocket CenterThe U.S. Space & Rocket Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate and host of the Official Visitor Center for the Marshall Space Flight Center. They have one of the largest collections of rockets and space memorabilia you can find worldwide. So, let's take a look at some of the fantastic activities they offer.
G-Force AcceleratorFirst on the list is the G-Force Accelerator. The G-Force Accelerator allows guests to train like astronauts and experience three times the force of gravity. You have to be at least 48 inches tall to ride. You shouldn't ride the simulator if you have any heart problems, inner ear problems, asthma, seizures, pregnancy, back or neck pain, claustrophobia, motion sickness, detached retina, or any other major medical condition.
Moon ShotHave you ever wondered, "What does a rocket launch really feel like?" Well, the Moon Shot is a rocket ride that launches guests 140 feet in the air in a matter of 2.5 seconds. It takes four times the force of gravity during launch, and once you reach the top, it takes you on a one-G freefall. You must be at least 54 inches tall to ride and have no neck or back problems, heart conditions, motion sickness, pregnancy, or other major medical conditions.
Spark LabThe Spark Lab is the perfect place for kids to interact with each other and solve problems. The interactive space allows visitors to become engineers and work on design challenges that help guests use their critical-thinking skills to become innovators.
HypeShipThe HypeShip is an H.D. motion-based simulator and multi-sensory experience that combines a movie-like audiovisual presentation with a high-definition projection screen and surround sound, including the motion of the ride compartment. It's $10 for each participant, and you must be at least 36 inches tall to ride. You should not ride the simulator if you're pregnant, have epilepsy, motion sickness, claustrophobia, a history of heart conditions, shoulder, neck, or back problems, abnormal blood pressure, or any other significant medical issues.
Sounds of SpaceLast on the list is an awesome space experience that takes you on an audible voyage of the cosmos. By translating data into sound, the Space and Rocket museum makes it possible to "listen" to space features across the universe, such as the iconic Pillars of Creation, magnetism at Jupiter, and the Hubble deep field. Plus, add another sense to your space experience with visualization and sonification. Pricing for adults is $12 and $10 for children.
Visit the Alabama Space and Rocket CenterNo matter what ventures you decide on, you won't run out of fun activities to enjoy. The Space and Rocket Center Huntsville has the most extensive collection of all things space-related and a variety of exhibits and activities to participate in. It's the perfect place for families and friends to enjoy and learn about rockets and space exploration.
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