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September 4, 2008

Paul Foerman, NASA News Chief
NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
(228) 688-1880

Stennis Space Center Visitor's Center to Re-Open Sept. 5

StenniSphere, the visitor center at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center, will re-open Friday, Sept. 5, after closing due to Hurricane Gustav.

Tours to the space center will resume a regular schedule of Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the last tour bus departing at 2 p.m. each day. Tours originate from the Launch Pad adjacent to the I-10 Welcome Center in Hancock County.

During a narrated, 25-minute bus tour, participants enjoy an up-close view of the massive test stands at Stennis and often experience the shake, rattle and roar of a rocket engine as it is being tested.

Following the bus tour, visitors are able to explore 14,000 square feet of informative displays and exhibits, including the Apollo 4 Command Module, a space shuttle cockpit and a full-scale mock-up of an International Space Station habitation and laboratory module. Visitors can view a moon rock collected by the Apollo 15 crew, "test" a space shuttle main engine at the Test Control Center display and browse the Space Odyssey Gift Shop.

Photo IDs are required for visitors 18 or older.

For information about Stennis Space Center, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/.


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