Cartersville, Georgia: Columbia's Nose Cone, Big Moon RockThe Tellus Science Museum displays replica T-rex and other dinosaur skeletons; Apollo I and Mercury capsule replicas; nose cone from the space shuttle Columbia; and the "Great Scott," a 4 oz. moon rock collected in 1971 by astronaut Dave Scott.
Tellus Science Museum
- 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville, GA
- Tellus Science Museum. I-75 Exit 293 take US 411 south 1 block, turn left on MIneral Museum Drive.
- Daily 10-5 (Call to verify)
- Adults $12.00
Visitor Tips and News About Columbia's Nose Cone, Big Moon Rock
One of the few surviving pieces of the Space Shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated as it returned to Earth in February 2003. This five-foot-wide nose cap is not a miraculous survivor; it was removed and replaced before Columbia's final launch. It flew on eleven previous missions, and has visible black scorch marks from its multiple high-speed encounters with Earth's unforgiving atmosphere.
Donated by NASA for permanent display at the Tellus Science Museum, unveiled March 14, 2014.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 03/17/2014]
A 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville; full-size replica of a 40-foot T-rex and other dinosaurs; vintage vehicles; replicas of the doomed Apollo I capsule and the Mercury capsule and Sputnik; mineral and gem gallery; planetarium; observatory and a fossil dig and gem panning area.[Connie, 07/04/2011]