Visit the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville

Visit the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville

Saturn I Block II - U.S. Space and Rocket Center - Huntsville, AL
Saturn I Block II – U.S. Space and Rocket Center – Huntsville, AL
Family selfie w/ Saturn I Block II's H-1 rocket engines - U.S. Space and Rocket Center - Huntsville, AL
Family selfie w/ Saturn I Block II’s H-1 rocket engines

Being from Alabama, you would think that Sasquatch would have visited the U. S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. That was not the case. So we could not go to his home state to visit without seeing the space ships.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center - Huntsville, AL
U.S. Space and Rocket Center – Huntsville, AL

Here is what you should know when visiting the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama.

F-1 rocket engine - U.S. Space and Rocket Center - Huntsville, AL
Sasquatch discusses heat exchange and fuel flow of the F-1’s thrust chamber with one of the veteran docents.

Set aside the entire day to see it.

We got there when it opened and didn’t leave until closing. Even with the entire day we didn’t feel like we spent the time we wanted on all of the exhibits.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center - Huntsville, AL

You may not have to pay the entrance fee.

If you are a member of a science center or museum participating in the ASTC Travel Passport Program, you are eligible for benefits such as free general admission when you travel outside of your local area. Wish I would have known this. We had planned to get a membership to Seattle Museum of Flight a few months after returning from our trip to Alabama. If I would have known that we would have saved the entrance fee on the Space and Rocket Center we would have bought our local membership before going.

SA-500D Saturn V - U.S. Space and Rocket Center - Huntsville, AL
Standing below the five F-1 engines of the SA-500D Saturn V in the main hall
of the Davidson Center for Space Exploration (2008)
Apollo 16 Command and Services Module U.S. Space and Rocket Center - Huntsville, AL
“Casper” the Apollo 16 Command and Services Module from the
the fifth manned lunar landing mission, launched on April 16, 1972.

Take the Bus Tour to the Marshall Space Flight Center

This is limited to U.S. citizens only. It is a 2-1/2 hour bus tour that takes you around the Marshall Space Flight Center, with the tour director explaining what you are seeing at each historic site stop.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center - Huntsville, AL
Little loves the planes
Boeing CH-47 Chinook - U.S. Space and Rocket Center - Huntsville, AL
Boeing CH-47 Chinook – Huntsville, AL

Pay Attention to Tour times

The friendly woman at the ticket counter was a helpful resource of what to do and when. She gave us a map and recommended a best plan for seeing everything we wanted to see in one day including our Bus Tour and the IMAX movie in the National Geographic Theater.

Fully stacked STS - U.S. Space and Rocket Center - Huntsville, AL
Sasquatch w/ fully stacked Space Transportation System (STS)

The Space and Rocket Center was the highlight of our whirlwind trip to Alabama. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. Little Sasquatch wasn’t ready to leave at closing and he is a hard one to capture his attention for that long. Sasquatch was eating it up. A little disappointed his parents never put him in the Space Camp there as a child like he wanted after watching SpaceCamp, the 1986 American space adventure film. However, he still dreams of being the first Sasquatch in space.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center - Huntsville, AL
First Sasquatch in Space?

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