Visitors get sneak peek at Infinity Space Center

By The Associated Press

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Although the Infinity Space Center won’t open until April 12, some visitors got an early sneak peak.

Some children were able to get in on Saturday, even though not all exhibits are installed, WLOX-TV reported.

The children learned how astronauts at the International Space Station work, eat and sleep.

“When you have to sleep you have to zip yourself down,” said Steven Labat from Pass Christian Elementary. “Everything is Velcro.”

A tractor-trailer full of exhibits is expected Monday at the Infinity Science Center, where offiicals hope to inspire young people to study science, technology, and engineering by giving them a chance to spend time with people working in those fields.

“Visitors are going to have a chance not only to learn about the work of the 1,700 scientists and engineers and 1,300 technicians that work at Stennis Space Center every day involved in exploration from the bottom of the ocean to the far reaches of the universe, but they’ll be able to interact with many of those folks,” said NASA liaison Myron Webb.

There’s also an exhibit about the history and importance of exploration and science, called “Great Nations Dare To Explore.”

“It’s all about what’s happened to civilizations that have explored,” said Webb. “Those that don’t pursue science technology and aren’t very involved in exploration and how they wither away. So we’re very fortunate that in America our country has dared to explore and is still continuing to explore.”

The kids said they were impressed, and planned to return with friends.