Pearl River and Stennis host “NASA Night” that was 'out of this world'

POPLARVILLE, Miss – Pearl River Community College partnered with NASA’s Stennis Space Center Thursday for “NASA Night” before their home football game against Hinds at Dobie Holden Stadium. Admission was free as part of PRCC’s ongoing celebration for continued enrollment growth and over 75 young potential astronauts came out for the fun. 


Interactive booths were available on PRCC’s Poplarville campus behind the Public Relations building where participants were able to visit informational exhibits and experience one-on-one engagement with a PRCC alum who currently works at NASA Stennis. Exhibits included “astronaut ice cream,” space bracelet building, a star coloring station, temporary tattoo stations, and a booth with model NASA rockets. There was no lack of picture opportunities as kids and adults alike lined up to pose in front astronaut suit cuts outs and a massive inflatable NASA logo. 

While many kids jumped up and down with excitement at the thought of rocketing off to the moon a few had concerns about logistics. 

“I don’t think I could eat that weird ice cream,” said one young visitor. 

However, a NASA representative was quick to reassure him that they needed smart engineers like him on their team to improve all parts of the mission, including ice cream. 


Since the 1960s, Stennis Space Center has grown into the nation’s largest rocket engine test site, featuring facilities collectively valued at more than $2 billion. 

In 2015, NASA Stennis began testing RS-25 engines for NASA’s new Artemis Program to send humans to the Moon and ultimately carry them on to Mars. Artemis is the name of NASA’s program to return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024.

As a result of Artemis, NASA will be able to establish a sustainable human presence on the Moon by 2028 to uncover new scientific discoveries, demonstrate new technological advancements and lay the foundation for private companies to build a lunar economy. 

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Each community college president is asked to bring two (2) wrapped door prizes, minimum value of $50 each. We will have a station set up at the conference for you to drop off the door prizes.

Each community college is asked to provide name tags for their Board members, administration, and staff attending the conference.