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Home School Day Salutes Families with Space Science for Young Explorers

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Home-schooled students will experience space science through innovative activities, and special guest speakers at Space Center Houston’s all-new Home School Day on Oct. 6. This event offers home-schooled families an unforgettable day of education and inspiring presentations.

“Home school children and families will be offered incredible learning experiences,” said Daniel Newmyer, director of education for the nonprofit Space Center Houston. “Our Home School Day will be a full day of fun, hands-on science activities, spectacular live shows about the latest NASA missions and presentations with leading experts.”


Exhibit Wins Award

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Independence Plaza required 80 tons of air conditioning, 1,565 feet of sprinkler piping, and 8,970 pounds of duct work.

For the innovative construction of Independence Plaza, the Houston chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America awarded the MLN Company with the silver Award for Project Excellence in the mechanical, electrical and plumbing category!


‘Mission To Mars’ Luncheon Helps Inspire Future Explorers


Space and education enthusiasts gathered at River Oaks Country Club today to support the nonprofit Space Center Houston’s inaugural fall luncheon: “Mission to Mars, What Will It Take?” The stellar day was led by co-chairs Janet and Harvin Moore and Keith and Alice Mosing and raised nearly $200,000 for Space Center Houston’s Youth STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Academies for underserved youth.


Astronaut Exhibit Launches A New Level of Space Training


Experience the everyday life of astronauts, launch a rocket, serve as mission commander and discover how to grow plant species in space at the North American premiere of Astronaut, Space Center Houston’s fall exhibit presented by the city of Webster, Oct. 1-Jan. 16.

The interactive exhibition, produced by Imagine Exhibitions and designed and produced by Scitech of Perth, Australia, takes guests through a space workshop full of hands-on science fun and nearly 30 activities to test their abilities for space exploration, just like a real astronaut. The immersive experience explores the physical and mental challenges for astronauts and immerses guests in what life is like outside of Earth’s atmosphere.


Space Center Houston’s TV Special Recognized with EMMY Nomination


And the Lone Star Emmy nominee for best educational/informational program is … Space Center Houston’s Innovation at Work.

The nonprofits 30-minute TV special about the making of the colossal new exhibit Independence Plaza has received a Lone Star EMMY nomination as part of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Lone Star Chapter annual awards, to be held Oct. 15 in Fort Worth.

Produced by KHOU Channel 11, the special was nominated in the Informational/Special/Series category and features the epic story of the biggest project for our center since opening in 1992.

Mission to asteroids and comets fruitful


On Sept. 8, NASA will attempt to launch its next ambitious mission to study our solar system. The OSIRIS-REx mission will send a spacecraft to Bennu, a “carbonaceous asteroid whose regolith may record the earliest history of our solar system,” according to the mission’s website.

This spacecraft will search for the molecular precursors to life and Earth’s oceans. It also will study Bennu’s physical composition in case the asteroid comes close enough to impact the Earth in the next century. In that case, knowing its makeup will be critical for any missions sent to alter its trajectory or to break it apart.

OSIRIS-REx will rendezvous with the asteroid in August 2018, leave with its samples in March 2021 and return to Earth by September 2023.

Another mission to a near-Earth object will end at the close of this month.  The European Space Agency (ESA) sent an orbiter and lander to the comet Rosetta. The mission has been ongoing for years, but Rosetta is slowly moving too far away from the sun for its solar cells to power the spacecraft.

At the end of this month, Rosetta will crash into the comet near its lander Philae, providing a unique opportunity to gather high-resolution images and close-up data before it ceases to function.

Both of these missions have helped, or will help, us better understand our neighbors in the cosmos and will prepare us to explore deep space in the future.

Help Shape the Future of Deep Space Exploration

Scott Kelly

Building homes on Mars and interplanetary travel are no longer the stuff of science fiction; the latest achievements in robotics are putting these dreams within our reach.

The science and space learning center Space Center Houston, innovation firm NineSigma and NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program has announced the launch of the Space Robotics Challenge. The $1 million challenge will help further space exploration while inspiring the next generation of scientists.