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We appreciate all of our guests here at Space Center Houston! This blog is from SCH fan Rhea Thomas and her family having a “blast”!!  Don’t forget, you can always email us YOUR  great guest experiences with photos, videos and comments  to blog@spacecenter.org!!Kat, SCH Team Member

Blog by Space Center Houston Guest Rhea Thomas.

The official visitors center of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (NASA) in Houston, Texas is called Space Center Houston.  You can find attractions and space artifacts here and fun for the whole family.

It’s a great chance to talk about how to pee in space, aliens and gas…all big draws for my boys.


Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston

Quick trivia: Do you know what the initials “NASA” stand for?  I’ll have the answer at the end of the post!!

Space Center Houston is home to many cool space capsules and artifacts, including Mercury 9, Gemini 5, Apollo 17, a lunar rover vehicle trainer and a Skylab trainer mock up.


Rocket at NASA

Rocket at NASA


Some of the big attractions also include the Martian Matrix/Kids Play Space for kids in fifth grade and younger, as well as an IMAX theater hosting movies titled “To Be An Astronaut” and “Inside the Space Station.”

You can take a two different tram tours of NASA to the old and new Mission Control centers or space vehicle mock-up facility and Rocket Park.

NASA Tram

NASA Tram

How did the astronaut serve dinner in outer space?

On flying saucers.

My son and his cousin enjoyed some virtual flying at Space Center Houston, but I have to admit, my son can’t land a plane. Thank goodness we’re still a few yeas away from his driver’s license.

Virtual Flying - Space Center Houston

Virtual Flying – Space Center Houston


Currently they have a Star Wars the Clone Wars Exhibit, which is a huge draw to Star Wars fans.

Frankly the Space Center is fun for kids and adults.  Space travel is exciting, dramatic and unknown.  It’s fascinating to relive and appreciate where we’ve been so far and what we’ve achieved…and where we plan to go next.

Apollo Capsule Engine - NASA

Apollo Capsule Engine – NASA

And we all have to appreciate an engine that looks like this. Space Shuttle mechanics need more props, I think.  This looks harder than calculus to me.

Trivia answer: NASA stands for National Aeronomics and Space Administration.

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