Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Anniversary Trip: Space & Rocket Center

After a long 11 hour drive on day 1, we visited the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. Along with being a cool museum and having rocket park (seriously, SO many rockets), it is also the home of Space Camp! They had just started the first session and made me wish I had gone when I was little, but we still had a great time exploring the museum, seeing a Saturn V and other rockets, the Apollo 16 capsule, and an A-12 (almost identical to the SR-71) Blackbird! But enough talking, here are some pictures!

A-12 Blackbird that was used as a NASA research plane
Hello big Saturn V (replica)
The museum had a special exhibit on Dr. Wernher von Braun and this was a  book he received signed by Apollo 11 astronauts
Rocket Park had a lot of rockets
And other military vehicles
The Saturn V
More Saturn V....
The top of the Saturn V
Apollo 16 capsule... this went to the moon, no biggie
They really didn't have a lot of room
Complicated door
Inside Apollo 12's quarantine facility
Space Shuttle Pathfinder- a test simulator
Piece of Skylab
We had a really good time and wish we could have stayed longer, but we had to make it to Gatlinburg that day 5 hours away. If you ever get a chance to visit the Space & Rocket Center I highly recommend it, particularly if you are space-inclined. We didn't get to see everything and we were there for 4 hours or so, so it definitely warrants an all-day visit!

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