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Space Center Houston: A Gateway to Outer Space

Space Center Houston Space Center Houston Photo: Evan Carroll via Flickr

If you are looking for an incredible experience that will help you understand the wonder of the universe, then put the Space Center on your list of places to visit. It is located on NASA Parkway in Houston, Texas, and virtually impossible to miss at its enormous size. There are many different types of areas that can prove to be of interest to everyone in your family. This center gives you the chance to learn valuable information about the space program and what life is like in outer space.

 

Attractions:

The Space Center is an actively working facility. Its main focus is geared toward educating the public on space travels. There is a lot of information that can be absorbed about past launches and how the programs were once run. You will encounter dedicated workers who have a passion for teaching the public about past missions and share what the space program is doing now.

     Tram Tour- the tour starts out on a tram ride that takes you around the outside of the facility. This can last upwards of an hour and half. For this reason, be prepared to spend a good portion of your time outside.

     Saturn V at Rocket Park- you will have the opportunity to see one of the largest, most powerful rockets that was ever built. This 36 story tall vessel was instrumental in taking astronauts to the moon in the Apollo missions.

     Astronaut Gallery- see walls of incredible astronauts that made the impossible happen. You will feel so much pride as you see how these individuals paved the way for us to understand more about space.

     Historic Mission Control- the historic mission control was used to monitor the historic Apollo 11 mission, along with 8 other Gemini and Apollo missions. No longer in use, this area provides valuable insight into the accomplishments that have been made by the space program.

     New Mission Control- one of the highlighted parts of your visit will be spent at the New Mission Control. There is a staff that man’s this part of the facility 24/7 to assist the Space Station Team.

Saturn V at the Rocket Park

Saturn V at Rocket Park                                                                           Photo: Shannon Moore

 

These are few of the attractions that you will see when you visit the Space Center. There are many other valuable areas to the campus that are of great interest. The staff is very knowledgeable and can answer your most pressing space questions.

 

Education:

The Space Center values furthering the education of those that visit the facility.

     School groups are more than welcome to take a tour of the area and you are likely to see many students drinking in the sites.

     An exciting program that is geared toward out of town guests is the Space After Dark program. This allows individuals to take a tour of the facility after hours. You and your family can take a private tour and end your time with dinner.

     Virtual education programs are offered to high school students and others that are looking to further their education.

T-38 Jets

T-38 Jets                                                                                                Photo: Shannon Moore

 

The Space Center will give you and your family a greater understanding of what the space program has accomplished in its time. What an incredible piece of history waiting for you to visit. 

Information

Hours:
Mon-Fri 9 am to 5 pm
Sat and Sun 10 am to 7 pm
Address/Map:  1601 NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058
Phone: (281) 244-2100
Website: Plan your visit to Space Center Houston
   
  Ticket Prices
Online Price:

Adults (12-64): $17.95 | Seniors: $16.95 | Kids (4-11): $13.95

Door Price: Adults (12-64): $22.95 | Seniors: $21.95 | Kids (4-11): $18.95
  Free for Children 3 and under