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Can you hold your breath for 7 minutes?

This infographic depicts the suspenseful 7 minutes it takes for Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory) to get from the top of Mars’ atmosphere to its surface. Join us for the live landing of the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity on August 5th.  Doors open at 9pm.  Event tickets are only $4.95 when you buy online, $9.95 at [...]

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The Jellyfish Nebula

Image Credit: Bob Franke (Click to enlarge) (Via Astronomy Picture of the Day) Normally faint and elusive, the Jellyfish Nebula is caught in this alluring, false-color, telescopic view. Flanked by two bright stars, Mu and Eta Geminorum, at the foot of a celestial twin, the Jellyfish Nebula is the brighter arcing ridge of emission with dangling tentacles below and right of [...]

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And You Thought It Was Hot In Houston!

As the temperature climbs past the century mark in Houston, a lot of families are escaping the heat to enjoy our year round 73 degree indoor fun at Space Center Houston. Despite the sweltering Texas heat, it could have been much worse — about 1,800F degrees worse. In fact, we have it easy compared to [...]

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Reinventing Human Destiny

On Human Destiny, Space Center Houston’s flag ship attraction was recently remastered by BRC Imagination Arts.  The 20 year old film received a content reboot along with a healthy dose of modern audio video technology.  The new experience Human Destiny presents historical footage in ways it has never been seen before.  Former Disney Imagineer and [...]

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Three Generations of Rovers

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Via NASA PAO Two spacecraft engineers join a grouping of vehicles providing a comparison of three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The setting is JPL’s Mars Yard testing area. Front and center is the flight spare for the first Mars rover, Sojourner, which landed on [...]

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GRAIL gets “Mooned”

Via NASA Public Affairs Office WASHINGTON — A camera aboard one of NASA’s twin Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) lunar spacecraft has returned its first unique view of the far side of the moon. MoonKAM, or Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students, will be used by students nationwide to select lunar images for [...]

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Asteroid Mission: In Progress! (Part II)

For three days (Jan 18-20) guests on the NEW Discount Tire NASA Tram Tour will once again witness history in the making!  The Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle (MMSEV) is undergoing a three day “shakedown” as astronaut Alvin Drew and Geologist Jose M. Hurtado camp out inside. On Friday, Jan. 20th, the public will be able [...]

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Asteroid Mission: In Progress!

Today through Thursday (Dec 13th -15th) guests on the NEW NASA Tram Tour will be able to witness next generation spacecraft testing in progress!  The Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle is undergoing a three day “shakedown” as astronaut Mike Gernhardt and Planetary Geologist Brent Garry camp out inside.   The virtual asteroid mission can bee seen by the [...]

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Asteroid 2005 YU55: Close Call or Long Shot?

Astrologically speaking, Asteroid 2005 YU55 will pass extremely close to the Earth today at about 5:28 CST.  Should we run for cover? Nah.  Although YU55 is close astrologically, it is still pretty far-out.  At 201,000 miles, the closest it is estimated to pass, it would take you nearly three months to drive nonstop in a [...]

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The Big Splat!

NASA’s GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) mission may pull back the curtain on the Moon’s mysterious “far side.”  Catch the launch of GRAIL on September 9th, 2011 at 8:12am CST – Live feed available on NASA TV. If a paper published recently in the journal Nature* is right, two moons once graced our night [...]

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