Developers of a south Mississippi attraction hope to lure 500-thousand visitors a year by highlighting the state's contributions to the U-S space program. The 50 million dollar space attraction is yet unnamed. It will include hands-on exhibits and simulations.
The 60-thousand-square-foot facility will be built along heavily traveled Interstate 10 near NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. Rod Hartung, part of a volunteer group spearheading the project, says one big attraction will be an exhibit that simulates the test-firing of a Space Shuttle engine. Also planned are a large-screen, Imax-type theater; a lunar module and a restaurant among other things. Final designs for the project are not yet complete.