Friday, September 21, 2012

Huntsville, Alabama - U.S. Space & Rocket Center

 The U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Huntsville, Alabama

postmarked in 2012 with a 32 cent Aloha stamp

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The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama is a museum operated by the government of Alabama, showcasing rockets, achievements, and artifacts of the U.S. space program. Sometimes billed as "Earth's largest space museum", astronaut Owen Garriott described the place as, "a great way to learn about space in a town that has embraced the space program from the very beginning."

Opened in 1970, just after the second manned mission to the lunar surface, the center not only showcases Apollo Program hardware but also houses interactive science exhibits, Space Shuttle and Army rocketry and aircraft. There are also more than 1,500 permanent rocketry and space exploration artifacts, as well as many rotating rocketry and space-related exhibits.

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