AF Museum previews new space shuttle exhibit

The Space Shuttle Exhibit and STEM Learning Node at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.  (WDTN Photo/Neil Black)
The Space Shuttle Exhibit and STEM Learning Node at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (WDTN Photo/Neil Black)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is previewing the new Space Shuttle Exhibit and STEM Learning Node Tuesday before it opens to the public Feb. 26.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (Photo/USAF)
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (Photo/USAF)

The Space Shuttle Exhibit features NASA’s first Crew Compartment Trainer and allows visitors to experience the size and shape of an actual space shuttle orbiter by entering the payload bay and looking into the flight deck and mid-deck levels.

The exhibit also includes a full-scale representation of a NASA shuttle payload bay, engine, and tail sections.

Vandalia resident, Mike Steele was one of the first to come to the exhibit when it opened Wednesday morning.  He is excited to to see how astronauts got to space.

“I’m hoping today just to learn a little bit about the space shuttle to get up close to it.  To be apart of history in some respects,” said Steele.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Learning Node is an area for educational programs and video screenings.

Future plans call for additional artifacts such as space suits, and to provide interpretive information about topics such as astronauts, space science, living in space, and the Air Force’s role in space.

Eventually, the exhibit will be moved to a new Space Gallery in the museum’s fourth building.

For more information on the new Space Shuttle Exhibit, here’s a link to the National Museum of The United States Air Force. http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/

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