There's more good news for the proposed Powerhouse Science Center on the banks of the Sacramento River north of downtown.
Museum officials announced today that Rancho Cordova-based Aerojet has agreed to give the facility $1.5 million to help launch the center's simulated NASA space mission program. That space center will be named the Aerojet Challenger Learning Center.
"America's many successes in space exploration have always benefited from the tremendous sources of technical talent graduating from our educational institutions," said Scott Seymour, president of Aerojet.
The gift follows Powerhouse's acceptance of a $7 million state grant in April for nature education and research facilities. While still short of the $50 million needed to build the museum, officials said they are confident they will come up with the necessary funding through grants and public financing available for the renovation of historic buildings.
Located in an old PG&E power station on Jibboom Street, near the downtown railyard, the Powerhouse Science Center will house biology and natural history exhibits, the space center, a planetarium, artificial wetlands, an outdoor stage and a restaurant with river views.