Independence Plaza

Independence Plaza presented by Boeing is the newest international landmark, offering an experience like nothing else in the world.

Visitors can enter the shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft, and then explore the giant plane. It is the world’s only shuttle mounted on an SCA and the only one allowing the public to enter both.

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Multiple exhibits grant a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era and describe its impact on current and future exploration. Fitting Space Center Houston’s educationally focused mission, the exhibits explore problem-solving concepts; possible career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and examples of innovation from the shuttle era.

The landmark experience is offered at no extra charge as part of the general admission ticket, but timed access ticketing will be used to manage the number of people entering the shuttle’s smaller space in order to enhance the guest experience.

The giant multi-exhibit complex is the biggest project of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Manned Space Flight Education Foundation since it built and opened Space Center Houston in 1992. The nonprofit is wrapping up its $12 million capital campaign but it’s not too late to join the many generous donors who helped fund this historic project.

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Special thanks to our community partners City of Nassau Bay, City of Seabrook and City of Webster for their support of the opening of Independence Plaza by flying commemorative banners from the street light poles along NASA Parkway in each of their cities.

Visitors coming to Space Center Houston to explore the new international landmark, Independence Plaza, will see these brightly colored banners along NASA Parkway from Interstate 45 in Webster, all the way to Highway 146 in Seabrook.

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