A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will be on display at Space Center Houston later this month.
The to-be-displayed rocket booster was first launched in June 2017 to propel cargo to the International Space Station, and it landed vertically back on Earth. The booster was flown second time in December 2017, marking the first time a rocket booster was reused for a NASA mission.
Measuring 156.5 feet long and 12 feet in diameter, the Falcon 9 booster will be displayed horizontally and guests will be able to walk underneath it. It will be the second Falcon 9 rocket booster on display in the world, and it will be Space Center Houston’s first commercial space exhibit, according to a news release.
“Our SpaceX rocket exhibit will inspire people of all ages to pursue science learning and discovery,” William Harris, president, and CEO of Space Center Houston said in the news release. “We want everyone to have access to learn about the growing commercial space sector which is stimulating the economy and drawing more companies to provide innovative technologies, medical advances and further NASA’s plans to send humans to the moon and Mars.”
SpaceX, headquartered in Hawthorne, Calif., has a significant presence in Texas. It tests every one of its rocket engines in McGregor, and it has a launch facility in South Texas where the company is currently building and testing a prototype of its Starship vehicle that could one day take people to the moon, Mars and beyond.