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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-27-2012 06:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Huntsville Times reports that the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama is set to restart public tours of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center for the first time since 9/11.
...one stop on the tour will be at the International Space Station Payload Operations Center, which manages data coming to and from the space station. Another stop will be at the historic Redstone test stand, designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark.

The tour, which will take about an hour, will also pass the engines displayed in front of Marshall's main administrative building and the Propulsion Research Development Laboratory, as well as some Army facilities, including the Sparkman Center and the Von Braun Complex.

The center will use its three 48-passenger buses and a Handi-Ride van that's being donated to the center.

The tours, which are set to begin on July 16, are open to U.S. citizens, and a photo ID for those 16 years and older is required to buy a ticket.

p51
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posted 06-27-2012 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news! I have heard that the tour will be included in Space Camp as well (as it was in the past). I'll be taking the tour in September when I'm there for the adult Space Camp (it only took 30 years after I first wanted to go to finally get there), can't wait to see it.

This makes up for me missing the KSC VAB and LCC tours by a few months of my last visit there...

Dietrich
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posted 07-25-2012 02:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dietrich   Click Here to Email Dietrich     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will be at the center on Saturday, 28 July. Can anyone advice me how to get a permission to do the bus tour as a non-US citizen? I was told it is open for US-citizens only.

If a cS'r is around Huntsville at that time he may contact me at the email given in my profile.

MarylandSpace
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posted 07-25-2012 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember taking the bus tour around 1990 or so. The guide would point out and have us count the ground hogs on base.

My favorite indoor exhibits at USSRC/MSFC are the 363' Saturn V and an early airplane flown in Alabama. I believe there is an Apollo capsule that you can see very closely.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-25-2012 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brian Matney has reviewed the newly-restarted Marshall Space Flight Center tour for Sprocketeers.
It is my pleasure to share my review of the Marshall Space Flight Center bus tour here on Sprocketeers. Before September 11, 2001, tours of the Marshall Space Flight Center were an integral part of the Space & Rocket Center visitor experience. After an eleven year hiatus, tours resumed this weekend. Here's how it all went down for me.

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