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A New, State of the Art Science Center and Visitor Attraction at the NASA Stennis Space Center

From:
MS Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau               Filed 8/25/06  GCN

The world-class INFINITY science, technology and visitor's center near the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County is moving closer to reality. Infinity promises to engage visitors of all ages in exploring our earth, oceans and space through the work of the scientists, engineers and pioneers at work every day at the Stennis Space Center. The $35 million 72,000 square foot facility is scheduled to open early in 2007.

The Infinity complex
will house, among other exhibits, the National Hurricane Museum on the spot where both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Camille (1969) made landfall.  Combined with the Frank Gehry-designed Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, INFINITY and world-class gaming and vacation resorts will provide the destination attractions necessary to meet the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s goal to become a Tier One Destination. 

The project concept and design resulted from a public-private partnership between NASA and MAST, Inc. (a non profit 501(c)3 charitable organization chartered in Mississippi by a group of area business leaders to work with NASA on the project).

Facts about INFINITY at NASA Stennis Space Center:

  • Visitors will explore three primary galleries: earth, science and oceans focused on three common themes: remote sensing, testing, and planning and protecting.
  • It will be fun, dynamic, immersive--attracting a diverse array of visitors.
  • It will incorporate assets of StenniSphere and the Educator Resource Center.
  • One of the world's foremost experiential design firms--ESI Design based in New York--created the physical and intellectual visitor experience with input from the community.
  • NASA funded $5 million to date and has budgeted another $4 million toward completion of the project.
  • MAST has begun raising the remaining $26 million through public and private gifts.
  • A recreation market analysis study conducted by Harrison Price indicates that INFINITY is expected to draw 260,000 to 362,000 visitors annually.
  • Financial self-sufficiency is expected for the science center and visitor attraction, based solely on revenues earned from admissions, merchandise and food and beverage sales.
  • Site preparation for INFINITY is scheduled to begin during summer 2004 with a formal groundbreaking in 2005. Doors will open in 2007.
  • Expected to draw more than 300,000 visitors annually.
  • Edwin Schlossberg and EIS Design prepared renderings of the science center and visitor attraction.

INFINITY at NASA Stennis Space Center will be the only one if its kind. "It brings exploration and discovery to life for visitors of all ages, who look at our world from many perspectives," said Leo W. Seal, Jr., Chairman of MAST. "We are breaking new ground in science education that we hope will draw new waves of explorers into careers in science, engineering and math."

The Katrina One Year Later Committee was formed in Spring 2006 as a result of a few members of the community who are dedicated to gathering and compiling current information and statistics from the coastal counties and serving as a resource to which all local spokespersons, public information officers and national media outlets can refer.


More Information:

MississippiBeyondKatrina.com

Infinity Center - Partners for Stennis
 

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