SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket to Land on Display at Space Center Houston

Space.com | 5/10/2019 | Robert Z. Pearlman
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The first SpaceX rocket to launch on two NASA missions will soon land on exhibit in Houston.

Space Center Houston, the visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center and a Smithsonian affiliate museum, has announced it will display the twice-flown Falcon 9 first stage beginning this summer.

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"We're excited to welcome Falcon 9 to our growing center," said William Harris, president and CEO of Space Center Houston. "We are deeply grateful to SpaceX for their contribution."

Related: In Photos: SpaceX Launches Used Falcon 9 Rocket, Dragon Capsule on CRS-13

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Harris revealed the news on Thursday (May 8), during Space Center Houston's Galaxy Gala at The Ballroom at Bayou Place in downtown Houston. The evening event served as a fundraiser for the non-profit science and space exploration learning center, which is run by the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation.

The 15-story-tall rocket stage will be displayed outside, on its side and raised off the ground so guests can walk underneath the booster. The exhibit will be located adjacent to Independence Plaza, Space Center Houston's display of NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft topped by a mock shuttle orbiter.

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"One of the things we've been wanting to do here is interpret the history of the space program, but also interpret for the public what is currently going on and where we are going moving on into the future," Harris told collectSPACE.com in an interview. "With the relationship that NASA has with the commercial sector in support of the International Space Station and other missions, I felt we really needed to begin interpreting that as well."

"And one thing we are really emphasizing is showcasing innovation," said Harris. "What SpaceX has achieved with the reusable and landing rocket segments is really an achievement. It has had a big impact on the space industry in terms of costs and efficiencies."

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