HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - It weighs more than 500,000 pounds, and it's a piece of American history. The Apollo 19 Saturn V is now in Mississippi.
"This article was originally intended for the Apollo 19 mission. NASA ended the program with Apollo 19," said INFINITY Science Center Executive Director John Wilson.
The rocket never made it to the moon, but it has found new life at the INFINITY Science Center.
"This booster behind us represents how some years ago, how America rose to the challenge to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade and it pulled out the best in all of us," said Wilson.
A special ceremony was held welcoming the booster to the science center. Speakers at the reception included NASA officials, Gov. Phil Bryant and Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise.
"Had the Apollo 19 mission been flown, Mr. Fred Haise, who flew on Apollo 13, would have been commander on this mission, and had it flown, he would have served in that role and would have been the last man on the moon," said Wilson. "It's a tremendous icon to have, both to attract other than the [symbolism] it represents for all the work that been done at Michoud and Stennis."
The Apollo 19 Saturn V rocket booster will soon be placed in front of Interstate 10 for everyone driving by to see.
"There are roughly 12 and a half million cars that go up and down Interstate 10, so this this would be the first thing that you see in Mississippi. What a game changer for how people see us and perceive us," Haise.
INFINITY Science Center officials are hoping to draw more tourists with the Saturn V rocket booster.