The George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) is the U.S. government’s civilian rocketry and spacecraft propulsion research center located at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.
Last time we went to Huntsville in 2002, they were not offering the Marshall Space Flight Center bus tours because of security concerns after 9/11. These started back up two years ago and depart from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The tour has changed a little, but still very fascinating. No longer on the tour is the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator which is where the astronauts would practice in the very large water tank. Now, you visit various aspects of the International Space Station.
Still on the tour is the original Mercury Redstone Rocket Test Stand and both the Static and Dybnamic Test Stand for the Saturn V Rocket. These two test stand were also used for the Space Shuttle. NASA also is making progress with the development of the Space Launch System (SLS) using these historic testing facilities.
The bus tour is well worth the $12.00, but make reservations in advance to be sure you get a seat.