A three-billion-year-old-moon rock, samples of lunar soil, a full-scale model of the Viking Mars Lander and the actual Apollo 12 command module share space with vintage aircraft and an authentic Chesapeake Bay Deadrise workboat. All are on view at the new Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, Va.
This $30 million facility opens today and will be open to the public free of charge this afternoon from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Located off Interstate 64 in Hampton, the museum also contains the Hampton Roads History Center, depicting life in Hampton from Colonial days through the 1960s, when the original astronauts went there. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $3 for adults; $2.50 for seniors (age 55 and over), and $1.50 for ages 18 and under. Call (804) 727-0800.