The historic Apollo lunar landing on July 20, 1969 paved the way for future space exploration and opened the door to boundless curiosity and discovery. The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission symbolizes how anything is possible. We are all explorers who can do our part to expand knowledge and be a part of the NASA mission. Experience the legacy of the first lunar landing and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing among an array of significant Apollo artifacts under one roof.


Patch design contest

Did you know every human mission NASA has flown since Gemini V has its own patch? Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing and become part of the mission by participating in Visit Houston’s patch design contest.

Designs should be inspired by the Apollo 11 mission patch, but should not duplicate major elements from the Apollo 11 patch. The winning entry will be featured in marketing collateral and other promotions in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.

The submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 28.

Submit a design


Space on Screen

Watch incredible space films among some of the space artifacts and stories they depict in our new Space on Screen series. See documentaries and classic space films in the center in our five-story-tall Space Center Theater, one of the largest 4K theaters in Texas. Now space and movie enthusiasts can experience their favorite classics like never before!

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A New Moon Rises

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) has captured dramatic landscapes of the Moon for more than six years. A New Moon Rises showcases those breathtaking images from Apollo landing sites to majestic mountains that rise out of the darkness of the lunar poles.

The large prints presented in this exhibition reveal a celestial neighbor that is surprisingly dynamic, full of grandeur and wonder. Discover A New Moon Rises at Space Center Houston Feb. 16 – April 28 in Astronaut Gallery.


Top Apollo artifacts at Space Center Houston

Apollo spotlight

Astronaut Friday: Tom Stafford

Astronaut Friday: Tom Stafford
We’re joining up two of our features here and offering an Astronaut Friday post this week with our Astronaut Bio ...
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Mission Apollo Minute – Apollo 17

Starship Gallery
One final time, an Apollo mission lifted off for a rendezvous with another celestial body. One final time, its command ...
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Apollo 17 Anniversary Infographic

Apollo 17 Anniversary Infographic
Apollo 17 was NASA’s last mission to the Moon so far. It featured plenty of exciting firsts, including the first ...
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NASA’s Super Guppy does the heavy lifting

NASA’s Super Guppy does the heavy lifting
As part of the restoration of Historic Mission Control, conservationists sent the consoles from the room to the Cosmosphere in ...
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Apollo 7 Anniversary Infographic

Apollo 7 Anniversary Infographic
On Oct. 11, 1968, the Apollo 7 mission launched from Cape Kennedy Air Force Base in Florida. The 10-day mission ...
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Mission Apollo Minute Celebrating Gene Kranz

Mission Apollo Minute Celebrating Gene Kranz
Did you know that Houston declared Oct. 23 Gene Kranz Day to honor the legendary NASA flight director? Kranz joined ...
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Apollo 50th: Space Spinoffs Infographic

Apollo 50th
Space exploration benefits humanity. It’s a simple concept, but in a future where a person has been continually living in ...
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Apollo 50th: Timeline Infographic

Apollo 50th
In less than a year, we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In anticipation of that ...
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Remembering Apollo 11’s historic Moon landing

Remembering Apollo 11's historic Moon landing
On the 49th anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon landing, let’s tell the story of how these three intrepid explorers got ...
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Apollo 11: Three steps besides mankind’s one giant leap

Apollo 11: Three steps besides mankind’s one giant leap
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11’s Lunar Module successfully landed on the Moon. It was the culmination of so much ...
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