Saturn 1B Rocket Engine Lands At Stewart Williams Furniture In Springfield

Saturn 1B Rocket Engine Lands At Stewart Williams Furniture In Springfield

Saturn 1B Rocket Engine Lands At Stewart Williams Furniture In Springfield

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – It’s not every day that a rocket engine shows up in your parking lot but that is exactly what happened to Bruce Head today when the history packed engine pulled into the parking lot of Stweart Williams Furniture in Springfield! The engine, one of five, came from the I-65 welcome center, and Gateway STEM Center has brought it back to Springfield to help inspire future generations. “What a cool experience!” Bruce said. “With a smile, Bruce added,” We just got some furniture from outer space!”

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Gateway STEM Center Acquires Saturn 1B Rocket Engine

On Tuesday, April, 30th, Gateway STEM Center of Springfield, TN transported one of the main engines from the iconic Saturn 1B Rocket that has for years welcomed drivers to the I65 TN/AL Stateline Visitor Center. MAP

“We are thrilled to bring a piece of space history that many of us adults grew up seeing driving down I65 to Alabama,” says Robert Dillard, Founder of Gateway STEM Center. “We are excited for the students to have a chance to engage in space exploration; to be the next generation to go back to the moon and beyond. Plus, there are already businesses in Springfield, like Airtech, that are actively engaged and supporting those missions.”

James Wade, Plant Manager of Airtech in Springfield, TN says “As a company with a 50-year history working in space flight, we’re proud of the work that is done in Springfield to continue supporting advances in modern space flight. We’re excited to see Gateway STEM bring a piece of this history here to excite and educate people about the past and future of space exploration.”

Gateway STEM Center is a donor-supported 501 (C) 3 non-profit founded in 2019. Gateway’s mission is to inspire local students to seek further opportunities in STEM Careers through engaging, hands-on educational experiences. These programs are delivered within our facility as well as in formal and informal educational locations in the broader Middle TN/Southern Kentucky community.

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