Global Rocket Launch Day at Infinity Science Center
Infinity Science Center celebrated the anniversary of Apollo 11 in booming fashion. Children visited the center today to learn more about space, even shooting off a rocket or two!
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, “Fifty years ago this week, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins hurdled through the unforgiving blackness of space, aiming at the moon, not on a mission of conquest, but a mission of peace.”
On July 16th, 1969, the three brave men lifted off from Earth with the goal of doing something no one had ever done before. Infinity Center School Programs Coordinator Donna Torres said, “I can remember where I was when Apollo 11 launched and when they landed. That’s even more exciting to know that right here, Stennis Space Center, had something to do with it and I get to teach it here at Infinity Science Center.”
The engines that launched Apollo 11 into space were tested at Stennis Space Center and now 50 years later, the Infinity Science Center is educating the next generation on Global Rocketry Day. “We have different types of rockets from squeeze rockets to pop rockets to stomp rockets and solid fuel rockets.”
While it is fun seeing the different expressions of kids as their rockets are shot into the air, Torres is touched more by the kids who are inspired to be the next Neil Armstrong. “I had one little girl today say ‘I’m going to be an astronaut and I’m going to live on the moon.’ So, they’re already thinking about it and she’s maybe 8 or 9 years old and she’s already looking to do that.”
Infinity Science Center will continue to celebrate all the major milestones of space exploration including the anniversary of the moon landing this Saturday.