Space After Dark

The Space After Dark program is designed for groups who want to take learning out of the classroom while experiencing the wonders of space exploration.

We provide engaging, hands-on activities that have been developed according to grade level standards so students are challenged, inspired and eager to explore STEM concepts when they return to campus.

Elementary

We are Explorers (grades K-2)
Prepare for space like an astronaut! Participants will discover what it takes to be an astronaut as they train for their mission. They will design a mission patch for their journey, launch their rockets to new heights and experience the challenges of working in space.

Go for Launch (grades 3-5)
You are ‘go’ for a mission to Mars. Participants will collaborate and solve problems when faced with engineering challenges for a Mars launch and landing system. Learn about Newton’s Laws and the four forces of flight while designing rockets and preparing an “eggstonaut” for a landing on the red planet.

2016 available dates
Sept. 1, 14, 22
Oct. 5, 13
Nov. 10
Dec. 1, 14

2017 available dates
Jan. 18, 26
Feb. 17
Mar. 3, 7, 23, 30
Apr. 12, 24, 27
May 4, 8, 10
June 8
July 20
Aug. 3
Sept. 28
Oct. 5, 26
Nov. 9
Dec. 13

First Day
4:30 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston
5 p.m. Blast-Off! Theater Show
5:30 p.m. Dinner served in Zero- G Diner
6:15 p.m. Activity One
7:05 p.m. Activity Two
7:55 p.m. Activity Three
8:40 p.m. Dismissal

Second Day
8:45 a.m. Return to Space Center Houston
9 a.m. Private guided tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center
10:30 a.m. Return to explore Space Center Houston at your own pace

* Please note that the above schedule is subject to change. Length of tram tour and the locations visited vary depending on the season.

Middle school

Mission to Mars (grades 6-8)
Things don’t always go as planned in space flight. Because of this, astronaut candidates are chosen for their ability to make quick decisions for the benefit of their mission. Will your group be able to solve puzzles to unlock the mysteries surrounding the Mars Colony One crew? As part of their mission to Mars, students will build a rocket and test trajectories as they launch toward the Red Planet. Participants will also design a heat shield to protect a crew as it’s exposed to re-entry temperatures.
2016 available dates
Sept. 7, 8, 28
Oct. 6, 19
Nov. 17
Dec. 7

2017 available dates
Jan. 19, 25
Feb. 16, 22, 23
Mar. 2, 9, 28, 29
Apr. 5, 6, 10, 18, 20, 21, 26, 28
May 2, 11, 17, 19, 22, 25
June 1, 15, 29
July 13, 27
Aug. 10, 24
Sept. 7, 21
Oct. 19, 27
Nov. 16
Dec. 7, 21

First Day
4:30 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston
5 p.m. Blast-Off! Theater Show
5:30 p.m. Dinner served in Zero- G Diner
6:15 p.m. Activity One
7:20 p.m. Activity Two
8:25 p.m. Activity Three
9:25 p.m. Dismissal

Second Day
8:45 a.m. Return to Space Center Houston
9 a.m. Private guided tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center
10:30 a.m. Return to explore Space Center Houston at your own pace

* Please note that the above schedule is subject to change. Length of tram tour and the locations visited vary depending on the season.

High school

Space Odyssey (grades 9-12)
Live the dream and immerse yourself into the world of NASA engineers from past to present. Students will learn about the iconic history of human space flight by searching through one-of-a-kind space artifacts in Starship Gallery. Communication and teamwork are emphasized as students construct a prototype heat shield that must be able to withstand the harsh environment of space where temperatures can range from -250° Fahrenheit (-156° Celsius) to 250° F (121° C). Once the heat shields have been tested, participants will also build a rocket capable of a night launch.
2016 available dates
Sept. 12, 21, 29
Oct. 12
Nov. 9
Dec. 6, 8

2017 available dates
Jan. 12
Feb. 15
Mar. 8
Apr. 13, 19
May 5, 15, 18, 30
June 22
July 6
Aug. 17
Sept. 14
Oct. 12
Nov. 2
Dec. 14

First Day
4:30 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston
5 p.m. Blast-Off! Theater Show
5:30 p.m. Dinner served in Zero- G Diner
6:15 p.m. Activity One
7:35 p.m. Activity Two
8:55 p.m. Activity Three
10:10 p.m. Dismissal

Second Day
8:45 a.m. Return to Space Center Houston
9 a.m. Private guided tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center
10:30 a.m. Return to explore Space Center Houston at your own pace

* Please note that the above schedule is subject to change. Length of tram tour and the locations visited vary depending on the season.

New for 2017 – Mixed grade levels

Mixed Grade Levels – Space After Dark (grades K-12)
One night, four grade appropriate, out-of-this-world space science learning opportunities. This stellar educational experience is designed for multi-grade level groups, allowing for educators and families alike to discover the wonders of space exploration. Challenging and exciting, hands-on activities will keep participants engaged the entire evening while inspiring them to continue to explore STEM concepts after completion of this program.
Elementary
We are Explorers (grades K-2)
Prepare for space like an astronaut! Participants will discover what it takes to be an astronaut as they train for their mission. They will design a mission patch for their journey, launch their rockets to new heights and experience the challenges of working in space.

Go for Launch (grades 3-5)
You are ‘go’ for a mission to Mars. Participants will collaborate and solve problems when faced with engineering challenges for a Mars launch and landing system. Learn about Newton’s Laws and the four forces of flight while designing rockets and preparing an “eggstonaut” for a landing on the red planet.

Middle school
Mission to Mars (grades 6-8)
Things don’t always go as planned in space flight. Because of this, astronaut candidates are chosen for their ability to make quick decisions for the benefit of their mission. Will your group be able to solve puzzles to unlock the mysteries surrounding the Mars Colony One crew? As part of their mission to Mars, students will build a rocket and test trajectories as they launch toward the Red Planet. Participants will also design a heat shield to protect a crew as it’s exposed to re-entry temperatures.

High school
Space Odyssey (grades 9-12)
Live the dream and immerse yourself into the world of NASA engineers from past to present. Students will learn about the iconic history of human space flight through one-of-a-kind space artifacts in Starship Gallery. Communication and teamwork are emphasized as students construct a prototype heat shield that must be able to withstand the harsh environment of space where temperatures can range from -250° Fahrenheit (-156° Celsius) to 250° F (121° C). Once the heat shields have been tested, participants will also build a rocket capable of a night launch.

2017 available dates
Jan. 13
June 9
Aug. 25
Oct. 4
First Day
4:30 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston
5 p.m. Blast-Off! Theater Show
5:30 p.m. Dinner served in Zero- G Diner
6:15 p.m. Activity One
7:20 p.m. Activity Two
8:25 p.m. Activity Three
9:25 p.m. Dismissal

Second Day
8:45 a.m. Return to Space Center Houston
9 a.m. Private guided tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center
10:30 a.m. Return to explore Space Center Houston at your own pace

* Please note that the above schedule is subject to change. Length of tram tour and the locations visited vary depending on the season.

Program price

  • $59.95 per student
  • $39.95 per adult within a 1:10 adult to student ratio
  • $59.95 per adult for additional adults
  • $15 per t-shirt (optional)

Program includes

  • Live briefing about Mars.
  • Dinner served at Space Center Houston.
  • Exciting, grade-level appropriate, hands-on activities.
  • Private guided tram-tour to NASA Johnson Space Center.
  • Second-day visit to Space Center Houston.

Program enhancement options

Registration

Download the registration form and email it to reservations@spacecenter.org or fax it to +1 281-283-4766. Questions about registration can be answered by our reservations team at +1 281-283-4755.

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