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Marshall Spaceflight Center Huntsville, Alabama

US Space & Rocket Center Museum

NASA's Lead Centre for: 
Space Transportation Systems Development 
Microgravity Research and Space product Development Programs 
Space Optics Manufacturing Technology 

The Centre: 
manages the main rocket engines, external fuel tank and solid-fuel boosters for the Space Shuttle program; 
in partnership with industry, manages the development and testing of the X-33, X-34, and X-37 technology demonstrators, demonstration technologies needed for a next generation reusable launch vehicle; 
conducts science research in materials, biotechnology, global hydrology and climate, and astrophysics; 
supports development of the International Space Station with flight hardware and manages the payload operations for all science aboard the Space Station; and 
manages continuing operations of the highly successful Chandra X-ray Observatory currently in Earth orbit. 

Under the direction of Dr. Wernher von Braun, the Marshall Center created the Saturn rockets that took the US to the moon.

 

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Apollo Crew Isolation Unit

Apollo Lunar Module Crew Trainer

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Mercury Crew Trainer

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Inside the US Space & Rocket Center Museum

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Saturn V Moon Rocket

The Saturn V at the United States Space and Rocket Center was delivered by Marshall in 1969 after all three stages were taken from the Center's Dynamic Test Stand. Officials from the Department of the Interior referred to the vehicle as "a unique engineering masterpiece that formed the key link in the chain that enabled Americans to travel to the moon. The success of the Saturn V made possible the success of the American space program."