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Virginia Air & Space Center

October 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

 

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Taking your boat to the Virginia Air & Space Center transforms a fun day of entertainment and education into an all-out adventure. The Virginia Air & Space Center is the visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. Boat slips are available close by at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina (call the dockmaster at 757-727-1276 to reserve a slip).

virginia air and space 2The museum is a hands-on, interactive science center that allows visitors to explore 100 years of flight, starting with the Adventures in Flight Exhibit. There you’ll experience the story of the Wright Brothers, who became inspired to soar after their father gave them a 50-cent toy in 1878. The exhibit has early military planes and modern fighter jets. Imagine sitting in the center of a bomber used in World War II, or taking the controls of a fighter jet in an F-22 Raptor simulator.

The U.S. space program began in Hampton, and the Spacecraft Exhibit takes museum-goers through its evolution. Replicas and artifacts of the early years of space exploration are displayed, including a Gemini test capsule and the Apollo Lunar Excursion Test Simulator. The Apollo 12 Command module — the second capsule on the moon— resides here after traveling 960,000 miles in 1969. The Viking Lander, back from Mars after searching for signs of life, is on exhibit, along with other historical and current aircraft and rovers.

At the Space Racers Exhibit, preschoolers will enjoy eating space food, building a rocket, exercising like an astronaut, trying on a spacesuit, and sleeping on a wall. Other fun exhibits (for all ages) simulate a flight to Mars, training for a lunar mission, and landing on the moon. On top of all that, the center has a five-story high IMAX theater and rides.

For more information call 757-727-0900 or visit www.vasc.org.

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By Melissa McMahon


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