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Traveling Around - Pearlington, MS - Stennis Space Center

Updated on April 25, 2018
Infinity Museum - Stennis Space Center - Pearlington, MS
Infinity Museum - Stennis Space Center - Pearlington, MS | Source

Location Of The Museum

The Infinity Science Center opened in 2012, replacing a smaller Visitor Center that welcomed people to NASA's Stennis Space Center. It is in a well marked area just off Exit 2 on I-10 in western Mississippi. The smaller original welcome center and Stennis Space Center came into existence in 1960.

Just inside the front entrance to the Center is a Welcome Counter where tickets for the The Infinity Museum can be purchased. The 70,000 square foot center features educational exhibits and indoor and outdoor displays as well as theaters where there are live programs and demonstrations.

In addition to two floors of exhibit space there are outdoor exhibits which include the first stage of the Apollo 19 Saturn V.

Fiirst Stage of Apollo 19 Saturn V, Infinity Science Center, Pearlington, MS
Fiirst Stage of Apollo 19 Saturn V, Infinity Science Center, Pearlington, MS | Source

Hurricane Prediction Gallery

Indoors there are many exhibits - both hands on and display. They range from a hurricane prediction gallery where the viewer can conjure up several scenarios and judge their hurricane potential through another display that illustrates the occurrence of a blast off while in the command module. There is a scarred capsule that astronauts rode in through space and was recovered as well as a movie of that recovery.


Used Capsule, Infinity Museum, Pearlington, MS
Used Capsule, Infinity Museum, Pearlington, MS | Source
Prediction of Hurricane Exhibit, Infinity Museum, Pearlington, MS
Prediction of Hurricane Exhibit, Infinity Museum, Pearlington, MS | Source

Interesting Plant Life

On the ground floor, there is a carnivorous plant display that contains 20 or so different carnivorous plants with small discussions about their habitat.

Carnivorous Plant Display, Infinity Science Center, Pearlington, MS
Carnivorous Plant Display, Infinity Science Center, Pearlington, MS | Source

Child Friendly Area At Infinity Museum

There is also a first floor area named "The Big Blue Blocks". It is a marked off area where children of all ages can be creative with small and large blue foam shapes. The shapes are cylinders, triangles, pyramids, and squares of all sizes. When one or two children are working quietly, they tend to build some very creative structures. When we there a class of about 30 children were turned loose and a minor war erupted with Big Blue Blocks being used as swords, battering rams, and hand grenades A grand time was had by all - including the spectators.


Stennis Space Center, Pearlington, MS
Stennis Space Center, Pearlington, MS | Source

Touring Stennis Space Center

The bus tour leaves from near the front entrance to the museum and lasts just under one hour. It is narrated by a knowledgeable driver who points out many structures of interest.The Stennis Space Center is on the north side of the I-10 Expressway and entrance is closely controlled by military police. Non worker civilians and non-assigned military personnel are not allowed to enter the grounds of the center except on the tour.

It was built in the 1960′s to test the history-making Saturn V rocket engines that carried men to the moon. The Stennis complex now hosts a vast array of federal, state and educational agencies – as well as private high tech companies and corporations like Rolls Royce. It’s also home to the largest concentration of oceanographers in the world, most of whom are working at the U.S. Navy's Meteorology and Oceanography Command based here.

The main function of the Center, however, is to test the engines used by the space craft. Large structures have been built to hold the engines during testing. Although the Space Center itself is only about 15,000 acres there are 125,000 acres of restricted land to defuse the intensity of noise and vibration when testing occurs.


Testing Structure, Stennis Space Center, Pearlington, MS
Testing Structure, Stennis Space Center, Pearlington, MS | Source

Admission And Hours

There is an admission charge to the museum and much information can be found on their website at The Infinity Space Museum. The museum is open from 9 to 4 daily. Access to Stennis Space Center is available only on the bus tour and tickets for the bus are included in the museum's ticket price. The bus tour runs 5 times a day beginning at 11 AM and then repeating every hour. We were there for just over 2 hours.

In Summary

We spent several hours in the Infinity Museum exhibit area and about an hour on the bus tour of the Stennis facility. Many of the space craft exhibits were fascinating and and we thoroughly enjoyed the bus tour.

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    • ShepherdDon profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Rust 

      2 years ago from Shepherd, Michigan

      It was fun. The tour was fascinating and watching the kids with the blocks was lots of fun.

      Don

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      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      I'd love to visit here, it looks ever so interesting.

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