The Conner Prairie Interactive History Park's incorporation into the Spaceport Indiana family is expected to draw hundreds of additional people to Columbus for special launches and events.
Brian Tanner, president and chairman of Spaceport Indiana, predicted a boost to Columbus' economy on the heals of Monday's announcement that Conner Prairie, Indiana's only Smithsonian affiliate, had become a Spaceport Regional Outreach Center.
Spaceport Indiana brought its main operation to the Columbus Municipal Airport in 2008 as part of the commercialization of the space industry, which makes near space — about 100,000 feet in the air — accessible to companies. Its educational outreach arm encourages engineering and aerospace opportunities as careers by creating excitement and enthusiasm for learning science and math.
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