Meet our T-38 Jets in Talon Park

Talons may seem like just another jet, but they have played a unique role in aviation and human spaceflight history. In fact, astronauts have a deep respect for the T-38. Why? Because before astronauts flew the shuttle, they practiced with a T-38. Talon Park at the entrance to Space Center

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Discover a historic Apollo artifact in our Talon Park

Did you know Talon Park at the entrance to Space Center Houston is home to a “boilerplate” Apollo capsule? NASA built “boilerplate” (BP) capsules, or nonfunctional craft that simulated the basic size and weight of command modules, as part of the Apollo program to test equipment and procedures prior to

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Yuri Gagarin

This day in history: Yuri Gagarin becomes first person in space

April 12 is a historic day. Not only is it the anniversary of the first shuttle mission, but it’s also the day Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space. In 1961, Gagarin did the impossible. He launched off the Earth into space and successfully orbited the planet. The flight

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Apollo 13 Infographic: How did they make that CO2 scrubber?

In the movie Apollo 13, an engineer comes into a conference room and dumps a bunch of hardware onto a table. The goal? Fit a square peg into a round hole. The problem? After an explosion crippled the Apollo 13 spacecraft, the three astronauts went into the Lunar Module for

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See Apollo 13 This Friday

“Failure is not an option, gentlemen.” Those words mark the spirit of one of NASA’s darkest moments and its most shining triumph. Ed Harris, playing legendary flight director Gene Kranz, told his team of engineers those words. The fact that Kranz never said them makes the scene no less dramatic.

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Celebrate the FIRST Robotics Championships with us

Are you planning on being in town for the FIRST Robotics Championships? Visit Space Center Houston and discover the cutting edge of robotic space exploration. Be a part of our FIRST Robotics celebrations April 16 and 20. Space Center Houston offers immersive learning experiences to all FIRST teams from Jr. to

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Space Center Houston presents awards to Science and Engineering Fair of Houston participants

At this year’s Science and Engineering Fair of Houston, Space Center Houston was proud to award twelve students with the first-ever Research and Innovation in Space Exploration (RISE) awards. These projects demonstrated exceptional work and potential in two different divisions. In the senior division, Kristyn Delgado’s project, The Use of

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Historic Mission Control restoration continues

The restoration of Historic Mission Control at NASA Johnson Space Center is on track for completion in mid-June of 2019, well ahead of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20. As you can see from these photos, the Mission Operations Control Room

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