ROSMAN — Go behind the scenes of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute with a free open house at the 200-acre former NASA station tucked away in the Pisgah National Forest from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 1.

Tours and experiences during the annual open house give guests the chance to immerse themselves in science, space and nature.

PARI, founded in the 1960s as spacecraft tracking station, played a vital role in the space program, communicating with satellites and manned space flights as they passed over the East Coast. In the 1990s, it became a nonprofit center dedicated to space research, scientific exploration and public outreach.

During the open house, visitors will learn about the site’s history, view gallery and museum exhibits including rare meteorites and space shuttle artifacts, and see the impressive collection of radio telescopes and equipment.

Located at 1 PARI Drive, Rosman. Click here for more info.