Traveling NASA Exhibit Coming to Belleville Museum

Astronaut Suni Williams is seen in a video recording from the International Space Station at the NASA booth inside the Hynes Convention Center as fellow astronaut Jeff Williams, no relation, right, signs autographs and speaks with marathon runners, Sunday, April 15, 2007, in Boston. Suni Williams, who is currently at the space station, will run in the Boston Marathon as an officially registered runner by using a special harness in the weightless conditions. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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BELLEVILLE, Mich. (AP) -- The Yankee Air Museum in Belleville is welcoming a traveling NASA exhibit as well as one of the space agency's former shuttle commanders.

Jack Lousma is scheduled to be at the exhibit's opening on Saturday. reports the day's offerings are to include a shuttle repair station, astronomy observation station and Moonwalk.

The event marks another step in the museum's rebirth after a 2004 fire destroyed the historic hangar housing the museum and its artifacts at Willow Run Airport.

In the year since, supporters have held fundraisers to redevelop the museum and its collections in a 10,000-square-foot facility.

Lousma often helps raise funds for the museum.

He tells the Detroit Free Press "it's rewarding because it makes you feel that you're contributing to some young person's future."

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