Space has always been a topic of interest for everyone, as a kid or even as an adult. Though it seems like humans have traveled space for a long time, the reality is that the first person to travel to space was only in 1961. In such a short time technology has changed drastically. So much so that, in today's society, it seems like a mission to space is as simple as driving to work. Though it may seem easy now, it's important to remmeber the initial race to space and the people who helped the program succeed. In honor of the space program, Splashdown Grand Turk opened at the Grand Turk Cruise Center.
Located on the south side of the Grand Turk Cruise Center, the free exhibit features amazing replicas unique to the Mercury space program, including a scaled 20-foot-tall Atlas rocket and a full-size replica of astronaut John Glenn in his spacesuit. The exhibit also has a display of a detailed replica of the Friendship 7 capsule, which splashed into the Atlantic in 1962, a few short miles from the island of Grand Turk. There are exhibits that depict the accomplishments of the NASA space program and detail the differences in space equipment of yesterday and today while offering an overview of the current space program and future plans.
Overall, Carnival Cruise lines will bring around 285 ship calls to the center and the exhibit is free for visitors. The area offers great views and the center also has plenty of dining and shopping for guests. This new exhibit is sure to be a hit with everyone who comes to Turks.