Astrobotic, Carnegie Science Center partner to establish Pittsburgh as space hub

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic and the Carnegie Science Center partnered to further establish Pittsburgh as an aerospace hub and create more opportunities for K-12 education and workforce development in the region.

Astrobotic recently announced plans for its Moonshot Museum, which is set to open in summer 2022. The museum, the first in the state dedicated entirely to space, will be built inside Astrobotic’s Manchester headquarters and allow visitors to see real spacecraft in the build process. Astrobotic received a $500,000 grant from the R.K. Mellon Foundation for the museum.

“The big idea here is that kids young and old can walk right up to the glass and see a real spacecraft being built on the other side,” John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic, said during an event at the Carnegie Science Center Wednesday evening. “Mission control is also going to be here in Pittsburgh, and you can get a front row seat to mission control at the Moonshot Museum.”

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