-When Dr. Wernher von Braun arrived in 1950 in the tiny Alabama town which called itself the "Watercress Capital of the World," Huntsville boasted a population of 15,000. Today, it is forged forever in history as the place where America's space program was born; where the rockets were developed that put the first U.S. satellite into orbit and sent men to the moon; where the power for today's space shuttle was developed; where the modules for the International Space Station were designed and built; and where America’s next great ship – the Space Launch System – is being designed.
- During the final months that von Braun and his team of scientists were refining the giant rocket that sent Apollo astronauts to the moon, he was also preparing to launch another important project: a permanent exhibit to showcase the hardware of the space program. Von Braun was director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville when he approached the Alabama Legislature with the idea of creating a museum jointly with the U.S. Army Missile Command and NASA. After Alabama lawmakers and its citizens voted in 1968 to finance construction, the U.S. Army donated land on its Redstone Arsenal, which is also the site of the sprawling NASA center, and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® was born.
- Since opening its doors in 1970, nearly 16 million people have toured the Center. The vast majority of those visitors have been from out of state or from foreign nations. Many of the more than 600,000 annual visitors are school students on field trips to their future. Dozens of interactive exhibits encourage visitor participation, prompting one official to note: "Here, everyone can be an astronaut for the day!">Redstone Arsenal(must be requested several months ahead of time)
- Redstone Arsenal is a United States Army post. The Arsenal is a garrison for a number of tenants including the United States Army Materiel Command, Army's Aviation and Missile Command, the Missile Defense Agency of the Department of Defense, and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. The base contains a government and contractor workforce that averages 36,000 to 40,000 personnel daily. Originally a chemical weapons manufacturing facility for World War II, the arsenal became the focal point of the Army’s rocket and space projects, including development of the first U.S. ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles in the 1950s.
- The Redstone Test Center is a United States Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) tenant activity on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. RTC encompasses over 14,000 acres, or about one-third of the land area of Redstone Arsenal, providing cutting edge test and evaluation support for our customers since the early 1950's. Our mission is to provide superior technical expertise and state-of-the-art facilities and capabilities to plan, conduct, analyze and report the results of tests on aviation, missile and sensor systems, subsystems and components.
Dinner: Chinese Buffet
Evening activity at the Insanity Complex TBD
Meet motorcoach and depart for hotel
HAMPTON INN Huntsville (or similar)
Breakfast at the hotel and check out
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Lunch at University of Alabama Huntsville dining Hall
University of Alabama Huntsville Campus Tour and Information Center
Meet motorcoach and depart for your school
Motorcoach stops en route for dinner at driver’s discretion (student’s expense).