California Space Authority Planning Education Center at Vandenberg

The California Space Authority is hoping to build a $175 million education center just outside the gates at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif., the Santa Maria Times reports.

CSA officials are negotiating a lease for use of 66 acres of Air Force property. The land sits on a bluff that is used as the primary viewing area for rocket launches from the military spaceport.

“The purpose of the space center is to primarily inspire young people to look to Vandenberg and learn the story of the land – what’s happening there today, and what’s going to happen there in the future,” CSA Executive Director Andrea Seastrand told KSBY-TV.