Apollo Anniversary Celebration

All eyes will be on Houston, the home of human spaceflight, as the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing and Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon on July 20.

Space Center Houston is the perfect setting to celebrate all things Apollo 11 this summer – especially from the anniversary of the Apollo 11 blastoff on July 16 through the mission’s conclusion when the astronauts safely splashed down back on Earth on July 24.


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Lunch with Apollo Flight Controllers (12 p.m.)

Attendees will be seated at a table to enjoy a delicious lunch with an Apollo-era flight controller and have the opportunity to talk with them about their experiences, memories and learnings.

View flight controllers

Public price: Adults - $69.95, Child - $35.95. Member price: Adult - $40, Child - $11.

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Special screening: Chasing the Moon

Join us July 16 at 7 p.m. for a special screening and panel discussion of Chasing the Moon, a three-part documentary by Robert Stone. The screening will be an excerpt of the film titled Magnificent Desolation and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Stone and Roger Launius, a former NASA chief historian. The film utilizes archival material, much of which has never been seen by the public and features Northcutt, a 25-year old “mathematics whiz” who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA’s Mission Control.

Price: Free

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NASA Tram Tours featuring Apollo Mission Control Center at NASA Johnson Space Center

The only way to see what goes on behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) is through Space Center Houston. The center’s NASA Tram Tours feature an opportunity to visit the Apollo Mission Control Center, a national historic landmark. From this iconic room, the NASA team exercised full mission control of Apollo 11 from leaving the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the room has been restored back to how it originally looked in the 1960s. Visitors this summer will be among the first to see the restored control center and feel like they are stepping back in time as they watch the original consoles operate and enjoy an immersive audio-visual experience that will allow them to witness the pivotal moments of the Apollo 11 mission in the same space where they happened. Availability will be limited, so timed tickets will be offered on site on a first come, first serve basis.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Mission Briefings on the Apollo 11 mission

Visitors can enjoy informative briefings about important activities involved with Apollo’s historic flight, including some of the important mission tasks accomplished on the journey.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Apollo 11-themed Pop-Up Science Labs

These hands-on workshops let kids explore science and engineering in fun and educational ways. Experience opportunities to be part of science and gain a better understanding of what it took to send humans to the Moon and keep them safe throughout their journeys.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

On This Day: Special Apollo history presentation

Hear from NASA Historian Jennifer Ross-Nazzal as she discusses and describes what was happening on the Apollo 11 mission on July 16, 1969 in the Mission Briefing Center.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

NASA Tram Tours featuring Apollo Mission Control Center at NASA Johnson Space Center

The only way to see what goes on behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) is through Space Center Houston. The center’s NASA Tram Tours feature an opportunity to visit the Apollo Mission Control Center, a national historic landmark. From this iconic room, the NASA team exercised full mission control of Apollo 11 from leaving the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the room has been restored back to how it originally looked in the 1960s. Visitors this summer will be among the first to see the restored control center and feel like they are stepping back in time as they watch the original consoles operate and enjoy an immersive audio-visual experience that will allow them to witness the pivotal moments of the Apollo 11 mission in the same space where they happened. Availability will be limited, so timed tickets will be offered on site on a first come, first serve basis.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Mission Briefings on the Apollo 11 mission

Visitors can enjoy informative briefings about important activities involved with Apollo’s historic flight, including some of the important mission tasks accomplished on the journey.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Apollo 11-themed Pop-Up Science Labs

These hands-on workshops let kids explore science and engineering in fun and educational ways. Experience opportunities to be part of science and gain a better understanding of what it took to send humans to the Moon and keep them safe throughout their journeys.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Lunch with the Children of Apollo (12 p.m.)

Dine in style while enjoying a panel discussion featuring children of Apollo-era astronauts and flight controllers sharing memories and reflecting on their experiences growing up with fathers who played pivotal roles in the Apollo era mission. The panel will include Jeff and Barbara Lovell, Amy Bean, Tracy Cernan Woolie and Gwen Griffin (moderator).

Public price: Adult - $69.95, Child - $35.95. Member price: Adult - $40, Child - $11.

Space on Screen + Dinner: Armstrong (6 p.m.)

This special edition of Space Center Houston’s monthly space-related film series, Space on Screen, will feature dinner and the brand new documentary, “Armstrong.” Come enjoy dinner in Astronaut Gallery, among astronaut flight and space suits. Dramatic, moving and deeply human, “Armstrong” offers the definitive life story of Neil Armstrong: from his childhood in Ohio to his first steps on the Moon and beyond, using home videos shot by the man himself and unseen footage from NASA.

Price: Adult - $39.95, Child - $24.95.

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NASA Tram Tours featuring Apollo Mission Control Center at NASA Johnson Space Center

The only way to see what goes on behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) is through Space Center Houston. The center’s NASA Tram Tours feature an opportunity to visit the Apollo Mission Control Center, a national historic landmark. From this iconic room, the NASA team exercised full mission control of Apollo 11 from leaving the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the room has been restored back to how it originally looked in the 1960s. Visitors this summer will be among the first to see the restored control center and feel like they are stepping back in time as they watch the original consoles operate and enjoy an immersive audio-visual experience that will allow them to witness the pivotal moments of the Apollo 11 mission in the same space where they happened. Availability will be limited, so timed tickets will be offered on site on a first come, first serve basis.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Mission Briefings on the Apollo 11 mission

Visitors can enjoy informative briefings about important activities involved with Apollo’s historic flight, including some of the important mission tasks accomplished on the journey.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

“Apollo 11 50th Live at Space Center Houston” Sponsor Activity Tent

This large tent will be full of activities, informative displays, and giveaways for our guests to enjoy provided by the companies generously supporting Space Center Houston’s “Apollo 50 Live” celebration.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Apollo 11-themed Pop-Up Science Labs

These hands-on workshops let kids explore science and engineering in fun and educational ways. Experience opportunities to be part of science and gain a better understanding of what it took to send humans to the Moon and keep them safe throughout their journeys.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Lessons from Mission Control

Enjoy a dinner and special presentation with legendary NASA flight director Gene Kranz. Kranz will provide a special talk reflecting on his experience at Apollo Mission Control during the Apollo 11 landing. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Kranz’s first-person account of one of the most historic moments in human history. This will be a ticketed event with limited capacity.

Price: Adult - $99.95, child - $79.95

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NASA Tram Tours featuring Apollo Mission Control Center at NASA Johnson Space Center

The only way to see what goes on behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) is through Space Center Houston. The center’s NASA Tram Tours feature an opportunity to visit the Apollo Mission Control Center, a national historic landmark. From this iconic room, the NASA team exercised full mission control of Apollo 11 from leaving the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the room has been restored back to how it originally looked in the 1960s. Visitors this summer will be among the first to see the restored control center and feel like they are stepping back in time as they watch the original consoles operate and enjoy an immersive audio-visual experience that will allow them to witness the pivotal moments of the Apollo 11 mission in the same space where they happened. Availability will be limited, so timed tickets will be offered on site on a first come, first serve basis.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Mission Briefings on the Apollo 11 mission

Visitors can enjoy informative briefings about important activities involved with Apollo’s historic flight, including some of the important mission tasks accomplished on the journey.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Apollo 11-themed Pop-Up Science Labs

These hands-on workshops let kids explore science and engineering in fun and educational ways. Experience opportunities to be part of science and gain a better understanding of what it took to send humans to the Moon and keep them safe throughout their journeys.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

“Apollo 11 50th Live at Space Center Houston” Sponsor Activity Tent

This large tent will be full of activities, informative displays, and giveaways for our guests to enjoy provided by the companies generously supporting Space Center Houston’s “Apollo 50 Live” celebration.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Apollo 11 50th Live at Space Center Houston Celebration

July 20
Presented by

Featuring WALK THE MOON and Phillip Phillips

and an interactive countdown celebration

Know before you go: Don't miss our Apollo guest guide to help plan your visit

Apollo 11 50th Live is an all-day lunar celebration and countdown to Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon. Discover an array of space-themed experiences including late-night NASA Tram Tours, notable speakers, book signings, an outdoor festival with a concert, a family STEM zone, and more.

The first 15,000 Apollo celebration guests receive a commemorative LED wristband that glow throughout the indoor experience, during the concert and the official first steps countdown at 9:56 p.m. Wristbands will be issued onsite to ticket holders. Reliant is the official countdown partner for Apollo 11 50th Live.

Tickets are on sale now. VIP experiences are selling out quickly. We encourage guests purchase tickets online to guarantee a spot at the celebration.

  • Opening ceremony: At 9:15 a.m. kick off a day full of celebration featuring a host of notable and inspiring speakers from the Apollo era and today. The Golden Knights, the US Army official aerial parachute demonstration team, will parachute in during the ceremony.
  • Outdoor Concert and Festival:
    • Outdoor evening concert beginning at 8 p.m. featuring WALK THE MOON and Phillip Phillips. Click here to learn more about the artists.
    • Live interactive countdown to Neil Armstrong's first steps July 20, 1969, at 9:56 p.m. CT (much like the ball drop on New Year’s Eve in New York’s Times Square), complete with synchronized digital lighted wristbands for attendees, presented by Reliant Energy
    • Family STEM Zone, presented by Repsol, with hands-on activities, robotic challenges and Apollo-themed learning experiences
    • A variety of indoor and outdoor food & drink options as well as cooling zones
    • 1960s inspired Discovery Reserve Beer Garden provided by Budweiser
  • VIP experience packages: Depending on package, additional experiences will include:
    • Concert pre-party/happy hour and special VIP seating at concert, including a commemorative chair to take home, or
    • Dinner and a special presentation by Apollo era luminaries, as well as an evening tour of Apollo Mission Control Center, where the Apollo 11 mission was controlled, in the final hours leading up to the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on Moon at 9:56 p.m. CST
  • Presentations: Special 45-minute panel presentations featuring Apollo-era flight controllers throughout the day including:
    • Lunar Module Development and Operational Issues at 10 a.m. with panelists Richard Cucco, Jack Knight and William Reeves
    • Lunar Module Landing Operations at 11 a.m. with panelists Harold A. Loden, William Reeves and Robert Nance
    • Lunar Science Operations at 12 p.m. with panelists Wendel Mendel and Arthur L. Schmitt
    • Command Module Landing and Recovery Operations at 1 p.m. with panelists John D. Holt, Milton J. Heflin, Terry Watson, and Mel Richmond
  • Book signings by renowned authors:
    • "Dutch" von Ehrenfried will be signing copies of his book, “Apollo Mission Control; The Making of a National Historic Landmark”
    • Rick Houston will be signing copies of his book, “Go Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control”
  • Rocket Park activities:
    • US Army Apache helicopter on display
    • US Army exhibit trailer focusing on robotics
    • Jerry Woodfill Rock and Roll Show (55 minutes)

Prices:

  • Golden Ticket: includes general admission + access to outdoor festival & concert.
    • Public price: $49.95; Member price: $20 per ticket up to 6 tickets

Golden VIP Ticket: includes all-inclusive concert pre-party featuring beer, wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar for cocktails, exclusive tour for Apollo Mission Control Center, reserved VIP concert seating, a branded take-home folding chair, and special VIP parking area – one parking pass per four tickets purchased). Sold out

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Golden Deluxe VIP Ticket: includes all-inclusive seated dinner, beer, wine and a cash bar for cocktails, an exclusive presentation by Apollo-era luminaries in Space Center Theater, exclusive tour for Apollo Mission Control Center, reserved VIP concert seating, a branded take-home folding chair, and onsite parking – one parking pass per four tickets purchased). Public price: $325; Member price: $276.25 per ticket up to 6 tickets

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NASA Tram Tours featuring Apollo Mission Control Center at NASA Johnson Space Center

The only way to see what goes on behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) is through Space Center Houston. The center’s NASA Tram Tours feature an opportunity to visit the Apollo Mission Control Center, a national historic landmark. From this iconic room, the NASA team exercised full mission control of Apollo 11 from leaving the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the room has been restored back to how it originally looked in the 1960s. Visitors this summer will be among the first to see the restored control center and feel like they are stepping back in time as they watch the original consoles operate and enjoy an immersive audio-visual experience that will allow them to witness the pivotal moments of the Apollo 11 mission in the same space where they happened. This tour will only be available to Golden VIP and Golden Deluxe VIP ticket holders on July 20.

Price: Included with your VIP ticket to the Apollo 11 50th Live at Space Center Houston celebration.

Mission Briefings on the Apollo 11 mission

Visitors can enjoy informative briefings about important activities involved with Apollo’s historic flight, including some of the important mission tasks accomplished on the journey.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Apollo 11-themed Pop-Up Science Labs

These hands-on workshops let kids explore science and engineering in fun and educational ways. Experience opportunities to be part of science and gain a better understanding of what it took to send humans to the Moon and keep them safe throughout their journeys.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

“Apollo 11 50th Live at Space Center Houston” Sponsor Activity Tent

This large tent will be full of activities, informative displays, and giveaways for our guests to enjoy provided by the companies generously supporting Space Center Houston’s “Apollo 50 Live” celebration.

Price: Included with your Apollo 11 Commemorative July 20 admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Special presentation: Apollo Engineering Design, Development, and Certification Challenges

Landing Apollo 11 on the Moon was a watershed event for humanity. But, the Apollo program required unprecedented engineering innovations so that Neil Armstrong could take that fateful first step. Join us at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. July 21 in the Mission Briefing Center for panel discussions about the Apollo engineering design, development and certification challenges. Panelists for the first presentation at 11:30 a.m. will include spacecraft propulsion engineer Henry Pohl, structures and materials engineer Tom Moser and spacesuit subsystem manager Jim McBarron. Panelists for the second presentation at 1:30 p.m. include Don Travis, tracking and communication; Ed Smith, Guidance, navigation and vehicle control, and Harry Erwin. They’ll discuss the unique challenges of building a system to dock two spacecraft while in orbit, transit to the Moon, land on its surface and return safely.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Member exclusive: Discovery Briefing

Discovery Briefings are an exclusive opportunity for Discovery Circle members to get behind the scenes with curators, current NASA scientists and other experts. July 21 at 3:30 p.m. Dr. Steven Jolly, Director Chief Engineer in the Commercial Civil Space division at Lockheed Martin, will discuss the development of the lunar landers that will play a key role in returning to the Moon. All members can access this insightful afternoon, which will include special guests Apollo engineering alumni, complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

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NASA Tram Tours featuring Apollo Mission Control Center at NASA Johnson Space Center

The only way to see what goes on behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) is through Space Center Houston. The center’s NASA Tram Tours feature an opportunity to visit the Apollo Mission Control Center, a national historic landmark. From this iconic room, the NASA team exercised full mission control of Apollo 11 from leaving the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the room has been restored back to how it originally looked in the 1960s. Visitors this summer will be among the first to see the restored control center and feel like they are stepping back in time as they watch the original consoles operate and enjoy an immersive audio-visual experience that will allow them to witness the pivotal moments of the Apollo 11 mission in the same space where they happened. Availability will be limited, so timed tickets will be offered on site on a first come, first serve basis.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Mission Briefings on the Apollo 11 mission

Visitors can enjoy informative briefings about important activities involved with Apollo’s historic flight, including some of the important mission tasks accomplished on the journey.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Apollo 11-themed Pop-Up Science Labs

These hands-on workshops let kids explore science and engineering in fun and educational ways. Experience opportunities to be part of science and gain a better understanding of what it took to send humans to the Moon and keep them safe throughout their journeys.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

“Apollo 11 50th Live at Space Center Houston” Sponsor Activity Tent

This large tent will be full of activities, informative displays, and giveaways for our guests to enjoy provided by the companies generously supporting Space Center Houston’s “Apollo 50 Live” celebration.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

NASA Tram Tours featuring Apollo Mission Control Center at NASA Johnson Space Center

The only way to see what goes on behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) is through Space Center Houston. The center’s NASA Tram Tours feature an opportunity to visit the Apollo Mission Control Center, a national historic landmark. From this iconic room, the NASA team exercised full mission control of Apollo 11 from leaving the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the room has been restored back to how it originally looked in the 1960s. Visitors this summer will be among the first to see the restored control center and feel like they are stepping back in time as they watch the original consoles operate and enjoy an immersive audio-visual experience that will allow them to witness the pivotal moments of the Apollo 11 mission in the same space where they happened. Availability will be limited, so timed tickets will be offered on site on a first come, first serve basis.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Mission Briefings on the Apollo 11 mission

Visitors can enjoy informative briefings about important activities involved with Apollo’s historic flight, including some of the important mission tasks accomplished on the journey.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Apollo 11-themed Pop-Up Science Labs

These hands-on workshops let kids explore science and engineering in fun and educational ways. Experience opportunities to be part of science and gain a better understanding of what it took to send humans to the Moon and keep them safe throughout their journeys.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

On This Day: Special Apollo history presentation

Hear from Robert Pearlman, space historian and founder and editor of collectSPACE, as he discusses and describes what was happening on the Apollo 11 mission on July 22, 1969 in the Mission Briefing Center.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Inside Mission Control with Current Flight Controllers

What is it like to sit at the helm of human spaceflight and work with a variety of highly-trained teams of engineers and scientists? Look inside what it’s like to be in Mission Control during this installment of our Thought Leader Series featuring current NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) flight controllers at 6 p.m. July 23. Panelists including Holly Ridings, Richard Jones, Adi Boulos, Chloe Mehring, and Will O’connell. Click here to learn more about this event.

Price: Free

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NASA Tram Tours featuring Apollo Mission Control Center at NASA Johnson Space Center

The only way to see what goes on behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) is through Space Center Houston. The center’s NASA Tram Tours feature an opportunity to visit the Apollo Mission Control Center, a national historic landmark. From this iconic room, the NASA team exercised full mission control of Apollo 11 from leaving the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the room has been restored back to how it originally looked in the 1960s. Visitors this summer will be among the first to see the restored control center and feel like they are stepping back in time as they watch the original consoles operate and enjoy an immersive audio-visual experience that will allow them to witness the pivotal moments of the Apollo 11 mission in the same space where they happened. Availability will be limited, so timed tickets will be offered on site on a first come, first serve basis.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Mission Briefings on the Apollo 11 mission

Visitors can enjoy informative briefings about important activities involved with Apollo’s historic flight, including some of the important mission tasks accomplished on the journey.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Apollo 11-themed Pop-Up Science Labs

These hands-on workshops let kids explore science and engineering in fun and educational ways. Experience opportunities to be part of science and gain a better understanding of what it took to send humans to the Moon and keep them safe throughout their journeys.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Lunch with Apollo Flight Controllers (12 p.m.)

Attendees will be seated at a table where they will enjoy a catered lunch with an Apollo-era flight controller, where they will have the opportunity to talk with them about their experiences, memories and learnings.

View flight controllers

Public price: Adult - $69.95, Child - $35.95. Member price: Adult - $40, Child - $11.

Apollo 11 Mission Splashdown Party (6-10 p.m.)

This fun, 1960s-themed evening bash will feature live music and activities as attendees are surrounded by Space Center Houston’s extensive collection of Apollo-era artifacts, as well as lots of interactive exhibits and activities featuring the exciting present and future of human space exploration. THE FAB 5, a Beatles tribute band based in Space City, will recreate the spirit and enthusiasm of the 60s and 70s through a performance beginning at 6 p.m. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Price: Included with general admission.

NASA Tram Tours featuring Apollo Mission Control Center at NASA Johnson Space Center

The only way to see what goes on behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) is through Space Center Houston. The center’s NASA Tram Tours feature an opportunity to visit the Apollo Mission Control Center, a national historic landmark. From this iconic room, the NASA team exercised full mission control of Apollo 11 from leaving the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the room has been restored back to how it originally looked in the 1960s. Visitors this summer will be among the first to see the restored control center and feel like they are stepping back in time as they watch the original consoles operate and enjoy an immersive audio-visual experience that will allow them to witness the pivotal moments of the Apollo 11 mission in the same space where they happened. Availability will be limited, so timed tickets will be offered on site on a first come, first serve basis.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Mission Briefings on the Apollo 11 mission

Visitors can enjoy informative briefings about important activities involved with Apollo’s historic flight, including some of the important mission tasks accomplished on the journey.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Apollo 11-themed Pop-Up Science Labs

These hands-on workshops let kids explore science and engineering in fun and educational ways. Experience opportunities to be part of science and gain a better understanding of what it took to send humans to the Moon and keep them safe throughout their journeys.

Price: Included with your general admission ticket to Space Center Houston.

Apollo 50 Anniversary Celebration guest guide

Thank you for celebrating a historic moment with us. Our festival is a family friendly event, and we want all our guests to have a phenomenal experience. All of our rules and regulations exist to help keep our guests safe and to ensure everyone enjoys the festivities throughout the day and concert.

We’ve added several new security measures to improve the overall concert experience and protect your safety. Make sure you arrive at Space Center Houston with plenty of time to find your spot before the main concert starts. It’s always a good idea to give yourself some extra time to park, shuttle over and pass through security.

Parking & directions

General admission guests will park off-site on July 20, 2019 at the Challenger Columbia Stadium. Highway signage will direct concertgoers to parking areas at Challenger Columbia Stadium located at 1955 W NASA Blvd, Webster, TX 77598. Shuttle service from Challenger Columbia Stadium parking lot will be provided beginning at 8:30 a.m. People with a disabled parking placard may park at the center on July 20. If you have accessibility questions or needs for July 20, please contact Space Center Houston accessibility and inclusion specialist Stephanie McMahon at +1 281-244-2147 or accessibility@spacecenter.org.

Click here for directions to Challenger Columbia Stadium

Arriving at the Apollo celebration

Shuttle buses will pick up guests from the Challenger Columbia Stadium and drop off guests at the main Apollo celebration entrance at Space Center Houston. Guests who need to visit the ticket booths to purchase or pick up tickets may do so. Guests who do not need ticket assistance should go directly through security and bag check. Guests must present their tickets or VIP credentials for scanning. The first 15,000 guests attending the concert will receive two wristbands, including one interactive LED wristband. Wristbands are included in the overall price and for Apollo celebration tickets.

Bag policy

For your safety and the safety of others, all bags must be clear and must be screened by security officers prior to entering Space Center Houston. Oversized backpacks, large duffel bags and suitcases, cannot be brought into the facility. No bags or purses larger than 8.5" x 11" (the size of a standard size piece of paper) will be allowed into the center. Lockers are not available for rental. Medically necessary bags, including diaper bags, are only permitted when the medical contents will not fit into an 8.5" x 11" bag.

Permitted items

The following items are allowed onto the Space Center Houston festival premises on July 20. Please be prepared to have your belongings searched by Space Center Houston security.

  • Empty, reusable bottles and cups. Water fountains/bottle fillers are available inside Space Center Houston
  • Non-detachable lensed cameras
  • Personal food is allowed in the amount of one, one-gallon Ziploc bag per person.
  • Small blankets
  • Small umbrellas
  • Small outdoor fold-up chairs no bigger than 33" L x 20" W x 33.5"
  • Clear, NFL-approved bags are permitted.

Prohibited items

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Alcohol
  • Inflatables (i.e. balloons, beach balls, basketballs, etc.)
  • Banners
  • Clothing or signs deemed obscene or indecent
  • Fireworks
  • Laser pointers
  • Large umbrellas (compact only)
  • Noisemakers (bells, whistles, vuvuzelas, etc.)
  • Seat cushions
  • Wrapped gifts
  • Folding chairs
  • Hover boards and other personal recreational devices
  • Pets (with exception of service animals)
  • Aerosol cans (hairspray, bug spray, sunscreen)
  • Glass of any kind, including perfume bottles
  • Grills
  • Play pens
  • Signs of any kind or size
  • Tents or sun shades
  • Large camera equipment such as telescoping poles (tripods, monopods, gimbals and selfie-sticks), lenses exceeding 8”, external lighting and audio equipment

Guests will be encouraged to take prohibited items back to their cars. Items left at the gates are not the responsibility of Space Center Houston.

Photo policy

Guests are welcome to bring small flash photography cameras. Large camera equipment such as telescoping poles (tripods, monopods, gimbals and selfie-sticks), lenses exceeding 8”, external lighting and audio equipment are not allowed at Space Center Houston. Photography is not allowed inside our theaters. Crew members will point out photo restrictions on the NASA tours.

Security

Space Center Houston has 24-hour on-site security. Security officers will be stationed throughout the center, festival areas, and at the entrance. In the case of a security incident, immediately notify the nearest crew member or visit the Guest Services Desk.

Ticketing & schedule of events

To see the Apollo 50 celebration event schedule and to purchase tickets, visit our event webpage.

Apollo Mission Control Center

The restoration of the Apollo Mission Control Center is now complete The national historic landmark is a stop on the NASA Tram Tour.

A free timed ticket is required to visit Apollo Mission Control Center. Guests can get a timed ticket the day of their visit at the ticket booths, ticket kiosks and the Guest Services Desk. Timed tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Apollo Mission Control Center tours depart from the left queue at the NASA Tram Tour boarding area. The other tram tours do not require a timed ticket.

On July 20, however, only Golden VIP and Golden Deluxe VIP ticket holders will be able to tour Apollo Mission Control Center.

Local Accommodations

Our hotel search tool helps guests find and compare great hotels in the area.

General Admission

A general admission ticket to Space Center Houston includes all exhibits at the center, such as Independence Plaza, the NASA Tram Tour and the summer exhibit Journey to Space. Simulator rides and the virtual reality simulator are not included.

On July 20, a special Golden Ticket is needed to explore the center. This also provides admission to Apollo 11 50th Live, presented by JSC Federal Credit Union, which includes the special concert that night, entry to the family STEM zone and more. Find out all the day’s activities at the Apollo Celebrations page.

Lunch with an Astronaut/Level 9 Tour

If you purchased a ticket for a Level 9 tour or Lunch with an Astronaut on July 20, you will be able to explore the center before or after your event. However, if you would like admission to the special Apollo 11 50th Live events, you will need to upgrade your ticket at the Guest Services desk.

New Members

Did you buy a new membership just to get special discounts on Apollo celebration tickets? Thanks for joining! You will receive your Member Pass Number with your membership cards in the mail. If you would like to buy your Apollo celebration tickets before receiving your member cards, please email membership@spacecenter.org and we will send you your Member Pass Number as soon as possible. To purchase Apollo celebration tickets onsite on July 20, members will need to present their membership card at the Guest Services Desk to purchase the discounted Apollo celebration ticket for concert access.

Costumes/dress code

Costumes and character masks are not permitted at Space Center Houston. Guests are advised to wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing as some experiences take place outdoors over extended periods of time. The Apollo 11 Mission Splashdown Party on July 24 is a 1960s-themed event where guests are encouraged to wear outfits from the 60s.

Safety Measures

Each of the below policies is enforced in the interest of safety:

  • Guests are always subject to a search upon entering the facility. Guests who refuse the search will be denied entrance.
  • Soliciting or vending is not permitted on Space Center Houston grounds.
  • Guests who show signs of illegal substance use or possession may be refused entry and/or asked to leave the premises.
  • No throwing of objects of any kind.
  • No reselling (scalping) tickets at any time.
  • No tailgating is allowed at Space Center Houston.

Food and beverage policy

Large quantities of food and coolers are not permitted inside the facility. Exceptions can be made for meals necessitated by dietary or medical needs. Guests are welcome to use the outdoor picnic facility near the front entrance. Empty, reusable bottles and cups are permitted. Water fountains and bottle fillers are available inside Space Center Houston.

Reentry

Guests are free to leave and reenter the center on the day of their visit only. Guests must present their wristband to a crew member at the ticket turnstiles in order to reenter the center on July 20.

Accessibility options

Space Center Houston wants everyone to be able to visit and enjoy our center. Click here for an overview of our accessibility resources and services. People with a disabled parking placard may park at the center on July 20. If you have accessibility questions or needs for July 20, please contact Space Center Houston accessibility and inclusion specialist Stephanie McMahon at +1 281-244-2147 or accessibility@spacecenter.org.

Smoking

Smoking, including e-cigarettes and vaping, at Space Center Houston is allowed only in the designated smoking areas. Guests who are found to be smoking outside the designated area will be asked to leave the premises.

Strollers

Strollers are allowed inside the center. We have strollers for rent for $2 at the Guest Services Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Strollers are not allowed on the NASA Tram Tour. There is limited stroller parking. If you use a stroller, please consider using a smaller, lightweight “umbrella” stroller.

Hours

Space Center Houston has extended operating hours to celebrate the Apollo anniversary. Visit our hours webpage to see the daily operating hours and plan your visit.

Unlawful re-sale of tickets

Unlawful resale of tickets (or attempted resale) is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. A ticket shall not be used for advertising, promotions, contests or sweepstakes, unless formal written authorization is given by the Space Center Houston, provided that even if such consent is obtained, any use of Space Center Houston's trademarks and other intellectual property is subject to the Space Center Houston’s consent.

Performers/artists/acts subject to change

Performers, artists, acts, players are subject to change or cancellation at any time without notice. No refund will be owed if any performer, artist, act, player or any other scheduled performance, person or group is changed or canceled and the event still occurs.

No refunds or exchanges

All purchases are non-refundable and not able to be exchanged.

Rain or shine

All events are considered RAIN or SHINE. No refunds will be given due to inclement weather.

Policies and procedures and event details are subject to change.

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