Astronaut Friday: Ellen Ochoa

This week we are featuring retired astronaut and NASA Johnson Space Center Director (JSC), Ellen Ochoa. A veteran of four shuttle flights (STS-56, STS-66, STS-96 and STS-110), Ochoa has logged nearly 1,000 hours in orbit. She is also the first Hispanic woman to fly in space. Ochoa actually joined NASA

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Upcoming events: Family Campout, Explorer Camps, Home School Day and more

We are ringing in the fall with a host of exciting experiences in October and November! Family Campout | Oct. 26 Sleep under the wing of a historic shuttle carrier aircraft in our Family Campout Oct. 26! You and your family will navigate your own space exploration journey while engaging

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NASA logo on hanger at Glenn Research Center

This day in space history: NASA opens its doors for the first time

On this day 61 years ago, NASA opened its doors for the first time. It was the beginning of new age of exploration, one that would take humans on one of the greatest voyages ever imaginable, from landing on the Moon to the very edges of our solar system. What

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What is Artemis?

NASA is committed to landing American astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, on the Moon by 2024. Through Artemis lunar exploration program, NASA will use innovative new technologies and systems to explore more of the Moon than ever before. NASA will collaborate with commercial and international partners

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VIDEO: Rad Rhonda retiring

If you’ve visited Space Center Houston in the last 15 years, you’ve probably seen Rad Rhonda and her tie-dye lab coat. She has been a staple at Space Center Houston, introducing thousands of guests to the wonders of science through the Stellar Science Show. After an inspiring run, Rad Rhonda

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Enhance your field trip with STEM experiences

If you’re looking for a more immersive field trip experience for your class or group, don’t miss our field trip enhancements! Schools and organizations can upgrade their visit to Space Center Houston by adding exclusive tours and activities. Tour astronaut training facilities, design rockets, operate rovers, discover the Martian landscape

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Space history: Galileo takes the plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere

On Sept. 21, 2003, Galileo’s mission finally ended as it plummeted into Jupiter’s atmosphere. Launched on Oct. 18, 1989 aboard the shuttle Atlantis, Galileo began a mission to explore Jupiter and its moons. After nearly 14 years of observations, Galileo was deliberately destroyed to protect one of its own discoveries:

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Galaxy Lights construction begins

This winter start a new holiday tradition with Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant. Embark on a festive adventure through the most technologically advanced light display in Texas. Galaxy Lights opens Nov. 16, and some of the installations are already in progress. From sparkling International Space Station models to towering holiday

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Getting Ready for SpaceX

We recently broke ground on the next exciting experience we are bringing to you – the only opportunity outside of the Space X headquarters to get up close to a SpaceX Falcon 9 flown booster B1035. The exhibit will be located in front of the Special Events Building where guests

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