INFINITY is a relatively young museum, as museums go, so the number of artifacts INFINITY curates in its own collection is small...but growing. For example, we have a 150-year old pirough that was used on the Pearl River a century before there WAS a Stennis. Throughout the center, however, you'll see a variety of artifacts, art, and displays on loan from NASA, the Smithsonian, the U.S. Navy and NOAA: an Apollo space suit, a moon rock, a linear aerospike engine, just to name a few. But not all of the artifacts here are inside: we have plenty of space- and science-related artifacts outside, too.
Outdoor artifacts at the Center include the:
H-1 Rocket Engine – Developed by Rocketdyne, the H-1 was a liquid-propellant engine that burned liquid oxygen and propellant RP-1, a kerosene derivative. A cluster of eight H-1 engines were used to power the Saturn S-1B stage, providing a total of 1.6 million pounds of thrust. The Saturn S-1B was used to qualify the Apollo spacecraft for manned missions and for testing concepts used on the Saturn V such as clustering rocket engines. Later, it was used to transport astronauts for Skylab and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
F-1 Rocket Engine – Developed by Rocketdyne in the 1950s, five F-1 engines were used to power the S-1C first stage of the Saturn V rocket that launched humans to the moon during the Apollo Program. The engine still is the most powerful single-chamber liquid-fueled rocket engine ever developed. The Saturn V was the largest operational launch vehicle ever produced. Standing over 363 feet high with its Apollo spacecraft payload, it produced over 7.5 million pounds of thrust at lift-off.
Special Operations Craft-Riverine – Naval Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman with Special Boat Team 22 at NASA Stennis Space Center employ the Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R), which is specifically designed for the clandestine insertion and extraction of Navy SEALs and other special operations forces along the shallow waterways and open water environments.
NOMAD Buoy – The Navy Oceanographic Meteorological Automatic Device was developed in the 1940s for the U.S. Navy’s offshore data collection program. The versatile buoy can be configured with a wide range of sensors for monitoring weather, air and water quality, wave height and ocean currents. It is designed to withstand extreme ocean and weather conditions and is successfully deployed worldwide