Rest stops along the highway not only provide a place to stretch your legs and have a picnic lunch, but they also often have some fun roadside attractions that have something to do with the local area. On my way home from Nashville, I stopped at the Welcome Center just over the Tennessee border in Alabama. This is the first rest stop that you can see before driving into Huntsville, Alabama, where you can visit the US Space and Rocket Center.
At the rest stop, you will find this…
This is the Saturn 1B, a 224-foot rocket that is one of three Saturn rockets that were developed in Huntsville. The Saturn 1B had enough power for orbital missions with the Apollo spacecraft and was the predecessor for the Saturn V, that took American astronauts to the moon.
You can read about the history of the rocket as well as the history of Huntsville’s role in space exploration. I read that you used to be able to walk under the rocket, but now you can’t because there is a chain link fence around it.
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