Before there was NASA, there was a Rocket City. Huntsville has a long history at the forefront of American space exploration and played a vital role in winning the Space Race of the 1960s. And there is no better time to celebrate that history than now: December marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission on which a Huntsville designed Saturn V rocket sent men into orbit around the moon for the first time; and on the eve of next year’s 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
The Huntsville Madison County Historical Society will host Ed Stewart, Curator of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center who will share the history of how Huntsville became the Rocket City and turned America into a leader in space exploration in a talk with the unique twist. “Relics of the Rocket City” will relate that story through the unique perspective of the artifacts it produced.
This meeting will be part of the Historical Society’s Hometown Huntsville campaign celebrating Alabama’s Bicentennial, focused on offering a “Huntsville History 101” approach to let city residents who have never had the opportunity to learn about its origins hear the big events that shaped the Rocket City.
The meeting will be held in the auditorium of the Education Training Building at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. This building is on the eastern edge of the campus with the large NASA logo on the side.