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Space Center Houston Awarded TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence


The nonprofit Space Center Houston earned a 2016 “Certificate of Excellence” as a top-performing science and space learning center from the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor®.

The accolade celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The center uses feedback from TripAdvisor reviewers to evaluate its operations and make adjustments to improve the guest experience.

This is the third time the science and space learning center was awarded this recognition. Last year, the center received the “Bravo!” award from TripAdvisor for achieving more than 900 “excellent” reviews.

The center set an annual attendance record in 2015, drawing nearly 1 million visitors to experience its hands-on exhibits and educational programs. The travel site honors are a testament to the center’s commitment to provide exceptional service to its visitors. Space Center Houston has welcomed more than 18 million visitors since it opened in 1992 and is the no. 1 international attraction in the greater Houston area.

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Artifact spotlight: satellite rescue

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Satellites have captured the imagination of popular culture ever since Sputnik beeped its way across the sky. At times, they have popped a house full of popcorn in the movie Real Genius; inspired the visual motifs of ‘60s-era diners, motels and gas stations; and menaced the entire planet in many James Bond films.

Satellites also have made our digital age possible, along with a helping hand or two from the Space Shuttle Program. Never was that more apparent than on mission STS-49, the maiden flight of shuttle orbiter Endeavour.

You can see an artifact of this mission up close inside shuttle replica Independence’s payload bay in Independence Plaza. There sits the cradle that carried the booster motor for STS-49’s mission.


First African-American CEO Leads Space Center Houston


The first African-American CEO to lead the science and space learning center Space Center Houston has exceptional opportunities ahead to guide the nonprofit during a time of significant growth.

“Space Center Houston is of incredible importance to America,” said William T. Harris, who also is president of the board of directors for the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation, which owns and operates the educationally focused nonprofit. “We have a great platform with the space program to engage people of all ages around science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning.”


Celebrate Summer with a Staycation


Visit Space Center Houston at 9 a.m. on June 3 for fun, games and a chance to win a Houston staycation. Two visitors will have the opportunity to compete in Great Day Houston’s Pack Your Bag Challenge.

The competitors will race the clock and have fun with exciting experiments in the new summer exhibit MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition.  Visitors are encouraged to watch and cheer on the competitors.

The winner will receive a hotel package for two at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and a CityPASS to explore Space Center Houston plus four other top attractions.

Meet the New CEO of Space Center Houston

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In April, William T. Harris took the helm at the nonprofit space and science learning center in the midst of significant growth. Harris brings more than 30 years in nonprofit leadership and extensive fundraising, strategy and communications experience.

Learn more about Harris in the recent edition of the Houston Business Journal.


Blast Off to a Fun Summer in Space

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.


Discover Legendary Myths in the Summer Exhibit


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.


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.

William Harris

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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