Cook AST Center Rocket Garden

"They paved paradise and put up a parking lot." - Joni Mitchell
OK, so this little rocket garden wasn't exactly paradise, but it's now a parking lot, and that's too bad.

The Cook Arts Science and Technology Center at Navarro College in Corsicana Texas no longer has several historical NASA artifacts and other items on display. Here are photographs of the former items.

panorama of garden

jupiter missile

A Jupiter Missile from the late 50's or early 60's.
For more information about the Jupiter missile visit this wikipedia article about the
Jupiter IRBM.
first stage

The first stage of the missile with rocket engine.

This Jupiter Missile went to the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field in Dallas Texas.

Air Crew Rescue Vehicle

An Assured Crew Return Vehicle (ACRV) prototype from the ISS. The ACRV predated the Russian involvement in the Space Station. It was planned to provided immediate crew return capability between Shuttle flights.
This was a mockup put in the Texas A&M wave tank to practice crew recovery using personnel unfamiliar with the spacecraft (Coast Guard).

acrv-in acrv in

Inside of the ACRV.

The ACRV mockup is now in a cow pasture in Corsicana Texas.

ESA ISS module

A full size mock up of the European Space Agency's Laboratory Module for the International Space Station.

Inside of the ISS ESA module.

The ESA module has been crushed and scrapped!



An Apollo boiler plate capsule.
Visit the "Field Guide to American Spacecraft" for more info about Apollo Boilerplates.
Or look at the wikipedia entry on boilerplates.


A Mercury boiler plate capsule.
Click here for more info about Mercury Boilerplates.
Or look at the wikipedia entry on boilerplates.

These boilerplates as far as I know, went to the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland, Nebraska

shuttle arm

A mock up of Canada's Space Shuttle Robot Manipulator Arm.


Read more about it in this wikipedia entry on the Superconducting Super Collider

Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got Till it's gone
They paved paradise And put up a parking lot.

Web page created on ... August 21, 2001
Updated on ... December 2, 2002
Updated again on ... May 4, 2004
Updated again on ... July 16, 2004
Updated again on ... October 17, 2007
Created by ... John French, former Planetarium Director for the Cook AST Center. Now at the Abrams Planetarium in East Lansing, Michigan