STENNIS SPACE CENTER, MS (WLOX) - A piece of NASA history will soon welcome guests to INFINITY Science Center.
In May, five F-1 Rocket engines will be affixed to the last remaining piece of Apollo space flight hardware and stationed at the facility. The Saturn V first stage rocket booster was slated for the canceled Apollo 19 mission, which would have been commanded by retired astronaut and INFINITY board member Fred Haise. The booster is currently at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.
The move is just the beginning of a multi-phase project to relocate, restore and display the booster in an effort to tell the Apollo story. That story includes Mississippi's role in the space program, from start to finish.
"There's a saying that if you wanted to get to the moon, you had to go through south Mississippi first," said John Wilson, executive director for INFINITY Science Center. "Our goal with this Saturn V first stage exhibit is to educate our guests on our region's critical role in space exploration and bring to life the ingenuity of the men and women who built, transported, tested and flew the machines that took us to worlds beyond our own."
The Saturn V booster move is scheduled for mid-May and is estimated to take six to eight days. It will travel on a barge by water with the assistance of multiple agencies.
The exhibit will expand the history on display at INFINITY, NASA Stennis Space Center's official visitor center.