Sheboygan (Geographical coordinates: 43°45'3.6"N, 87°42'50.4"W) was first used as a site for launching suborbital rockets in 1995. More than 300 students from Wisconsin and neighboring states developed and ran experiments using eight foot rockets as part of a local Rockets for Schools program. 20 foot rocket were also launched with assistance from specialists. The maximum altitude of these rockets are usually in the range of 4900 feet (1500 meters). However some of these rockets, equipped with engines of M and N type reached altitudes of 9800 feet (3000 meters). Sheboygan's location west of a restricted airspace over a large lake is ideal for launching rockets and spaceships. An area of Lake Michigan has been restricted since the 1940s, when the United States military had an anti-aircraft training range at Camp Haven. The camp has been closed since 1959, and the site has been redeveloped as Whistling Straits golf course.
State Senator Joe Leibham and State Assembly representative Steve Kestell introduced legislation in the state legislature to create a Wisconsin Aerospace Authority in 2005. The proposed site has been endorsed by NASA astronauts like Jim Lovell. The bill was signed by Wisconsin governor James Doyle in April 2006. The authority was created to allow the proposed spaceport to use NASA funds. The proposal does not include using any public funds. The spaceport would become the only spaceport in the Midwestern United States if it gets developed.
The Spaceport is currently closed to the public. The building is currently used to show movies and host flea markets.
Great Lakes Aerospace Science & Education Center
The building is currently closed to the public, excepting for private events & non space related films. A lack of general upkeep is a concern to those who hate seeing the building die.
Educational Experience The primary components of the Center are: Educational Experience with curriculum-based program and interactive elements including: A Mission Control Center and Space Exploration module. Education and training focused simulators and rocketry and robotics labs. Rockets for Schools program and satellite NASA Educator Resource Center.
Exhibit Hall Where visitors can experience the history and future of space exploration through interactive stations, Actual Mission Control Consoles, Space Shuttle Display with interactive simulator.
Planetarium Theater Educational and entertaining experiences for all, including live shows about the universe, space exploration, and science topics
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