Passes still available for Stennisphere's private open house

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Time is running out to get your exclusive pass to NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center's 50th Anniversary Open House event June 2.

The visitor center, StenniSphere, will be closed to the general public during the event.

Free passes to the June 2 Open House are available through May 27 at the following Chamber of Commerce offices -- St. Tammany Parish Chamber, Washington Parish Chamber, Greater Picayune Area Chamber, Hancock County Chamber, Stone County Chamber and Jackson County Chamber.

Passes also are available through May 27 at the Launch Pad at the Mississippi Welcome Center, 1-10, Exit 2, during normal operation hours – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Open house participants must have a car pass to gain entry to activities. Each pass admits one vehicle. A limited number of passes will be available. For information, call 1-800-237-1821 or 228-688-2370.

Gates will open for the open house June 2 at 9:45 a.m. Activities – including exhibits and demonstrations by participating Stennis agencies, speakers, an opportunity to meet an astronaut and interactive activities for children – will continue until 2 p.m. on the lawn near StenniSphere, Stennis' visitor center.

Guests must arrive no later than noon to attend the activities. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Personal coolers will not be allowed on site.

StenniSphere will resume normal operating hours on June 3. StenniSphere is open to the public 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and is closed on major holidays. Public tours run throughout each day from the Launch Pad at the Hancock County Welcome Center, Interstate 10, Exit 2. The last tour leaves the Launch Pad at 2 p.m. each day.

Registered group tours with their own transportation can obtain earlier admittance. Admission to StenniSphere is free.

All visitors age 18 and older are required to show a valid photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport. All international visitors must present a passport.

For more information, call 1-800-237-1821 or (228) 688-2370, or visit

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