NASA's Stennis Space Center
StenniSphere, Stennis Space Center's visitor center, features 14,000 square feet (1,300 square meters) of informative
displays and exhibits from NASA, the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and other agencies.
Visitors from around the world tour the space center each year. Tours to StenniSphere originate approximately
every 15 minutes from the Launch Pad tour stop at the Hancock County Welcome Center at Interstate 10, Exit 2,
just 45 miles east of New Orleans.
On display at the Launch Pad is a 30-foot Lunar Lander that was used as a trainer by Apollo astronauts for their
Moon mission, complete with Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise’s boot prints and autograph at its base.
Visitors board shuttles for a 25-minute narrated tour through SSC’s unique acoustical buffer zone to America’s
largest rocket propulsion testing complex. This is where Apollo Saturn V engines were tested in the 1960s and
today where the Space Shuttle’s powerful main engines are tested and proven flight-worthy. NASA’s nextgeneration
rocket engines also are tested at SSC.
Moon Rock – collected by the crew of Apollo 15 in August 1971, estimated
to be more than 3 billion years old Apollo 4 Command Module – unmanned module
launched Nov. 9, 1967, to test the thermal protection system during re-entry
Apollo 13 Spacesuit – worn by Mississippi Astronaut Fred Haise, a crew
member of the Apollo 13 mission in April 1970 Test Control Center – a mock-up
of a Stennis Space Center test control center where you can "test" a Space
- Shuttle Main Engine and "launch" a rocket
Space Shuttle Cockpit – land a computerized version of the Space Shuttle
International Space Station – full-scale mock-up of a habitation and
Swamp to Space – a history of the center and information on the local
- Evolution of Space Flight – a pictorial history of America’s space program
Needlepoint Mission Patches – replicas of NASA mission patches by members
of the American Needlepoint Guild
The Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command – a weather center, a
representation of the ocean floor and information about the Earth’s oceans
- Space Shuttle Main Engine
- F-1 engine that powered the first stage of the Saturn rocket
Learjet Model 28 – airplane mounted with remote sensors that gather
detailed images of the Earth
Full-scale Nomad buoy from the National Data Buoy Center that represents
the automated observing systems that measure weather and ocean conditions
Scale model of the Saturn V rocket that took America’s astronauts to the Moon
Solid Rocket Booster that powers the Space Shuttle into orbit Jupiter-C
rocket, the kind that put the first U.S. satellite into orbit
Mars exhibits and activities, including the Motion Simulator that lets
space adventurers experience the sights and sounds of a mission to Mars
NASA Stennis Space Center Lunar Lander
NASA Stennis Space Center Moon Boots Foot Prints
Hours and Location
StenniSphere's Summer Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Memorial Day through
Labor Day. Winter Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
StenniSphere is closed on major holidays. Tours depart on a regular schedule each
day from the Launch Pad at the I-10 Welcome Center, Exit 2. Special presentations
for groups can be arranged. Admission to StenniSphere is free. Motion Simulator rides
are $4 for children and $5 for adults.
PLEASE see also the Official NASA Stennis Website for verification of exhibits, hours, and admission.