Space Center Houston is located about 25 miles south of downtown Houston, TX in the NASA/Clear Lake area. This top Houston attraction is the official visitor’s center of the Johnson Space Center and offers loads of intelligent fun that shares the awe and wonder of space exploration with visitors! There are over 250 cool things for you to check out while you’re there. Including the NASA Tram Tour, exciting shows, the world’s largest collection of flown spacecrafts, and the largest giant screen theater in Texas, just to name a few.
- The NASA Tram Tour takes visitors behind the scenes of Johnson Space Center, with visits to the Historic Mission Control Center, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, and Rocket Park. The tour is subject to change as these are real working areas of the Space Center.
- Space Center Houston is home to the Mercury 9 capsule, Gemini 5 capsule, Apollo 17 command module, Lunar Rover vehicle trainer, Skylab trainer mock-up, Lunar Module Test Article 8, and Saturn V. Many of these can be seen in the Starship Gallery.
- Kids love to play in the Martian Matrix / Kid’s Space Place. This interactive play area is designed for children in 5th grade and under. Children can explore and experiment in this area, using their imaginations to command a space shuttle or live on the space station.
- The Northrop Grumman Theater shows the movies To Be an Astronaut and Inside the Space Station on a 5-story tall screen.
- Blast-Off is a multi-media experience where visitors encounter a high-definition audio/video experience ending with a dramatic space shuttle blast off.
- The Astronaut Gallery features spacesuits worn by astronauts dating back to the very first American trip to space. There are also portraits of every U.S. astronaut who has flown into space.
- Living in Space is a hands-on area where visitors can try their hand at landing a space shuttle or retrieving a satellite. A Mission Briefing Officer, with help from an audience member, demonstrates some of the difficulties astronauts can experience when living in space due to the microgravity environment.
Field trips, school groups, daycare groups, corporate outings, scout groups, and church groups, are all welcome. Any group of 15 or more people, may qualify for group discounts at the Space Center. Call to talk to a group specialist for all of the details about how to save with group discounts.
The Space Center is open 10am-5pm weekdays, and 10am-6pm on weekends, with some extended hours during the summer and some holidays. To verify ticket prices and hours of operation visit the official Space Center website at www.spacecenter.org.