Space Center Houston is Ready for Spring Break Visitors

A space shuttle mockup that is known as Independence at Space Center Houston. One of the original Boeing 747 jetliners used to ferry the space shuttle during the Shuttle era at NASA is also on display.  You can see the inside of both when you visit Space Center Houston. – Photo Courtesy Space Center Houston

HOUSTON (Covering Katy News)  – Space Center Houston’s spring break, takes flight with robotics, astronauts and two new space and science exhibits. You can even explore the cosmos with at the leading science and space exploration learning center.

The nonprofit’s spring break provides visitors access to be a part of the NASA Mission exhibit and the event is sponsored by the City of Webster.

Enter the new spring exhibit Wild Weather, build a tornado and see it take shape; feel like you’re riding in a hurricane chaser aircraft, and fly into the eye of the storm. Explore the untamed forces of nature that impact the world around us. This new exhibit is open through April 23.

Courtesy Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with A New Moon Rises, a Smithsonian art exhibit featuring stunning large prints about our celestial neighbor that is full of grandeur and wonder. Taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), a robotic spacecraft, A New Moon Rises showcases some breathtaking images from Apollo landing sites to majestic mountains that rise out of the darkness of the lunar poles. Discover A New Moon Rises can be seen through April 28 in the Astronaut Gallery.

See special performances by the U.S. Army band at Independence Plaza. The 82nd Airborne Chorus will be performing at 4 p.m. March 11. The Six String Soldiers will be playing at 2 p.m. March 12.

All week, there will be daily appearances by astronauts in Rocket Park as part of our Astronaut Mission Memories series. These short briefings will let you hear from a real space explorer as they talk about what it was like to journey beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

The Saturn V rocket – Courtesy Space Center Houston

Hear space stories from a hero. Experience astronaut presentations in Space Center Theater all week, before and after our Lunch with an Astronaut series. For a premier experience, guests may purchase a ticket to have Lunch with an Astronaut, offered every day but Sundays during spring break.

There’s something for everyone. Plan a day with the kids and check out the special Pop-Up Science Labs. These interactive, hands-on workshops let kids explore science and engineering in fun and educational ways.

Board the NASA Tram Tour and go behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center. The 90-minute tour takes guests to see the state-of-the-art astronaut training facilities including the Orion Mission Control, which NASA will use to support deep space missions, Rocket Park, where a real Saturn V rocket is housed and the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility. Enhance your experience and see where astronauts train to perform spacewalks by adding the Neutral Buoyance Tour at $12.95 March 9-16.

Plan your visit for the ultimate experience. Space Center Houston now offers prepaid parking. Purchase your parking pass when you buy your tickets online. At the toll booths, show the attendant your prepaid parking ticket and breeze right through. Create your own journey. Download the free Space Center Houston app for an interactive mobile experience. The app features self-guided virtual tours, augmented reality, videos and audio stories about the future and historic feats in human space exploration. To download the app, go to the App Store or Google Play.

For a complete list of the activities by day, click here. Tickets are available online at spacecenter.org or at the door. Prices range from $24.95 for children to $29.95 for adults, with discounts for seniors and members of the military. Become a member and come back free as often as you like for one year, plus get free parking after the first visit.

 

 

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