The Strategic Air & Space Museum near Ashland is helping to celebrate NASA’s launch of the Orion spacecraft this Thursday. Marketing and PR Director Deb Hermann says Orion will launch from Cape Canaveral early Thursday morning and the public is invited to watch the spacecraft make history on their big screen.
Hermann says they will open their doors at 8:45 so visitors can get a good seat in their theater. At 9 am they will air a NASA orientation and at 9:15 they will air the launch. At 10 am they will rejoin NASA’s live broadcast of Orion.
This is NASA’s biggest launch since July of 2011 when the last space shuttle flew. Orion will circle the earth twice and then splash down in the Pacific Ocean. Scientists will retrieve data from the spacecraft and that will help determine whether humans could survive similar flights.
With the cost of admission visitors to the Strategic Air & Space Museum can take part in the special event. The cost is $12 for adults, children 4-12 is $6 and military / senior $11. The event is at no charge for museum members.