Space education center opens in New Hampshire

January 12, 2009

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery CenterThe McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, New England’s only air and space science center, opens March 6 in Concord, N.H., after 10 years of planning.

The center represents a major upgrading of the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium. The 45,000-square-foot facility offers interactive science exhibits, an expanded gift shop, café, and theater. A Mercury-Redstone rocket sits at the front entrance. There is also an observatory.

Exhibits include aviation, astronomy, and Earth and space sciences, a state-of-the-art planetarium, and a variety of science and engineering programs.

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery CenterThe new facility is four times the size of the original Christa McAuliffe Planetarium.

New simulation experiences and interactive exhibits will be added to the science center periodically over the coming months and years. Future additions include a Challenger Learning Center, simulated flight school, interactive exhibits, and engaging programs on the physics of the universe, as well as traveling exhibits from science centers across North America.