Hancock County

Live updates: Saturn V rocket treks to Infinity Science Center

The Saturn V rocket made it safely up the canal between NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space Center in Hancock County and Monday night will be transported to its new home at Infinity Science Center.

The rocket will leave Stennis about 8 p.m. Monday and travel south on Mississippi 607. Because of its size -- it's 138 feet long and 33 feet in diameter -- the rocket won't fit underneath the Interstate 10 underpass. Instead Mississippi Department of Transportation will close I-10 westbound at about 9 p.m., and the rocket will travel westbound to about a half-mile west of the Mississippi truck scales. There, Saturn V will cross over the median.

Mary Douglas, director of communications for Infinity, said the westbound lanes are scheduled to reopen and the eastbound lanes will close as the rocket travels I-10 back to 607 and to Infinity.

The final stage booster was to carry Apollo 13 astronaut and Biloxi native Fred Haise back into space on Apollo 19 before the mission was cancelled. It was stored outdoors at Michoud for years and will be restored and displayed at Infinity.

The public won't be able to see Saturn V heading down the road, but Douglas said, "We will be taking pictures as it happens."

She will be posting live on the Infinity's Facebook page and will announce when lanes of I-10 reopen.

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