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Space & Rocket Center outlines plans for 2024

Published on January 25, 2024

Add Miss America 2024 to the list of testimonials about Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC).

During her annual update to community leaders, Dr. Kimberly Robinson, the rocket center’s CEO and Executive Director, outlined past achievements as well as a bold vision for new building plans at the Huntsville campus. Mayor Tommy Battle attended the update breakfast in a continuing show of the City’s support of the center.

Among the highlights touted by Robinson was Madison Marsh, crowned earlier this month as Miss America. Marsh is a Space Camp alum who attended while growing up in Arkansas and now is a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force.

“We know what we do makes a difference,” Robinson said of the work at the center.

During her presentation, Robinson acknowledged the work Mayor Battle is doing in leading north Alabama in emerging technologies that benefit companies and workforce development.

“The Space & Rocket Center has long been one of the gems for not only the city of Huntsville but for the entire state,” Mayor Battle said. “I am looking forward to seeing the center continuing to grow its educational opportunities and tell the story of our proud space history in Huntsville and across the nation.”

In 2023, visitors to the rocket center’s Planetarium figuratively traveled a total of 70 trillion light years, Robinson said, and consumed four tons of popcorn along the way. Space Camp visitors came from all 50 states and dozens of countries from A (Australia) to Z (Zimbabwe).

The rocket center also opened the doors to its newest building: the Space Camp Operations Center sponsored by Boeing.

“At our core, we know we are an educational facility,” Robinson said.

There are big plans for 2024, too. The opening of the refurbished Rocket Park along with the restoration of the Shuttle Pathfinder exhibit are on the agenda as well as the groundbreaking for the center’s newest building: the Inspiration4 Skills Training Complex.

large crowd of people gather in a rows to pose in front of a blue sign inside the US Space and Rocket Center