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Blast Off to a Fun Summer in Space

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Train like an astronaut, launch a rocket and walk inside a jumbo jet during Space Center Houston’s summer in space.

“We have wonderful summer adventures for everyone in the family,” said William T. Harris, president and CEO for the nonprofit Space Center Houston. “Run in the rain in the new summer exhibit, train in zero-gravity at Space Center University or even meet an astronaut.”

Whether you’re looking for family fun, educational activities for the children or just an extra-special adventure, Space Center Houston has something for everyone. There are more than 400 things to see and do with the largest collection of space artifacts in the southwestern United States.

Pursue the ultimate summer adventure. Immerse yourself in the history and future of human space exploration. Experience the wonder and excitement of Space Center Houston’s top five summer experiences.

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Discover Legendary Myths in the Summer Exhibit

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Uncover the truth behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity in Space Center Houston’s new summer exhibit, MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, presented by Coca-Cola May 28-Sept. 5.

“MythBusters places you on a virtual set of the TV show performing your own experiments,” said the nonprofit center’s President and CEO William T. Harris. “Visitors will investigate the myth, conduct an experiment and see many artifacts from the popular TV show.”

As seen in the Discovery Channel’s Emmy®-nominated TV series “MythBusters,” the exhibition creates hands-on, interactive experiences for guests of all ages by combining scientific facts with innovative, family-friendly displays.

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New CEO Shares Ideas, Goals for the Nonprofit

Space Center Houston’s new CEO William T. Harris talked with Houston Public Media about the nonprofits goals, future plans and dedication to inspire youth with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Harris shared how he and the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation board of directors are working to take the nonprofit to new heights by expanding the center’s educational reach, adding a new deep space exhibit and much more.

With approximately 400 employees and contractors, Space Center Houston is the No. 1 international attraction in the greater Houston area, generating a $73 million annual economic impact, 925 jobs and $36 million in personal income. Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, it is the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center.

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New CEO Takes Helm after National Search

A new CEO with extensive fundraising, strategy and communications experience takes the helm at the nonprofit Space Center Houston in the midst of a period of significant growth.

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William T. Harris has more than 30 years in nonprofit leadership including senior positions at a renowned science center and universities, where he led multi-million-dollar capital and fundraising campaigns, principal and major gifts, marketing campaigns, communications, government relations and strategy initiatives. Harris previously was at the California Science Center Foundation as senior vice president of development and marketing. He oversaw all external affairs including capital campaigns, board relations, annual and membership programs, public funding, marketing and communications.

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Space Center Houston Drives Greater Houston Economy, Jobs

The growth of a major attraction is making a big impact. A new economic study reports Space Center Houston has a $73 million annual economic impact on the greater Houston area and plays a significant role in generating jobs and millions of dollars in personal income.

“The museum plays a vital role in the region by bringing tourism dollars and stimulating the workforce,” said the center’s President and CEO Richard E. Allen Jr. “Globally, it is inspiring creativity and innovation in people from all over the world. With our hands-on educational programs, we’re exciting young minds and inspiring them to think about a possible future career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

The nonprofit set an annual attendance record in 2015, drawing nearly 1 million visitors to experience its hands-on exhibits and educational programs. Eighty-two percent of its visitors in 2015 were from outside of the greater Houston area and by driving patronage to area hotels, shops and restaurants, it helped generate jobs. The 2016 economic study by Jason Murasko and Stephen Cotten, associate professors of economics at the University of Houston-Clear Lake attributed 925 jobs and $36 million in personal income to the center’s presence.

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