Make the holiday season an unforgettable lunar experience! Space Center Houston offers the ultimate adventure with flown spacecraft from the first and last crewed lunar landings, the chance to see and touch an actual moon rock and the opportunity to have Lunch with an Astronaut on Fridays and Saturdays.
This holiday season blast off on an unforgettable lunar adventure at Space Center Houston and save $5 per ticket online by following Space Center Houston on social media or signing up for our newsletter. Click here to signup and receive the online discount code.
Space Center Houston has something for everyone. See astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s extravehicular visor and gloves in our special exhibit or have fun with robots in an educational winter day camp. Experience the world premiere “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” exhibit and experience the Apollo era through the eyes of space and science experts during Space Center Houston’s Thought Leader Series.
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Immerse yourself in the world premiere of “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” exhibit. Only at Space Center Houston will guests experience the spacecraft from the first and last lunar landings, together under the same roof for the first time. Space Center Houston is the home of the Apollo 17 command module from the last moon landing.
See more than 20 one-of-a-kind Apollo 11 mission artifacts, some of which flew on the historic first moon mission to land on the moon. The exhibit includes the flown Apollo 11 command module, the hatch, a lunar sample return container, astronaut Michael Collins’ Omega Speedmaster watch, a star chart and survival kit. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit is on display until March 18.
Journey back to the moon with Moon Revisited, an exclusive auxiliary display in our Astronaut Gallery featuring Apollo-era artifacts, images and spacesuits that will take you on a mission of discovery!
The exhibit features artifacts from NASA Johnson Space Center that are seldom on public display. See flown Apollo spacesuits from our permanent collection, such as Pete Conrad’s Apollo 12 moonwalking suit with moon dust still on it.
You also will see breathtaking photos taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a robotic mission currently mapping the moon, which includes close-up views of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 landing sites — the images are sharp enough for visitors to follow the astronaut’s first and last footsteps on the moon.
Thought Leader Series
The day after the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 17 launch, get an in-depth new look at the last lunar landing with legends from the mission at 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Apollo 17 astronaut Dr. Harrison “Jack” Schmitt and former Apollo 17 lead flight director Gerry Griffin will speak on “Apollo 17 – Something More Than Gossamer Wings” in this Thought Leader Series talk. Tickets are $30 and the proceeds go toward the restoration of Historic Apollo Mission Control.
Chat and chew with a NASA astronaut Fridays and Saturdays. Listen to the life and times of a space explorer while enjoying a cosmic lunch. Make family memories that will last a lifetime.
Young explorers will get the most out of their break at our educational winter day camps Dec. 26-Jan. 5. Children ages 4-11 will engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities, while learning about space exploration. Campers will participate in innovative robotics challenges, take part in space-themed interactive experiences and explore all that Space Center Houston has to offer.
In 1977, NASA launched Voyagers 1 and 2 to the outermost planets of the solar system and beyond. Voyager 1 was the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space. The Voyager spacecraft carry identical golden records with etched images and sounds from Earth and a message of our peaceful intentions. See one of the 12 records made for NASA’s Voyager missions now through Jan. 15.
What’s rarer than rare? The world’s largest oriented pallasite, the Brenham main mass, which is now on display! Why is this meteorite so rare? It’s an oriented meteorite (which comprise only 0.1 percent of all meteorites). The meteorite fell in oriented way, which helped to form its current shape. The shape subsequently prevents it from tumbling chaotically.
This extremely rare class of stony-iron meteorite went on to inform the shape of the ablative shield at the bottom of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo program command modules. Be sure to stop by and touch this rare 1,430-pound piece of the cosmos during your holiday visit.
Touch another piece of space during your holiday trip to Space Center Houston, the iron canyon diablo meteorite. This 160-pound meteorite is a small fragment of the asteroid that created Meteor Crater in Arizona about 50,000 years ago.
The exterior surface is rusted from thousands of years of exposure to Earth’s atmosphere. The surface also is covered in regmaglypts, which are indentations formed by ablation as meteorites pass through a planet’s atmosphere. The slice cut from the meteorite is acid-etched to reveal a pattern of the nickel-iron crystals called the Windmanstatten pattern.
Spacesuit Art Project
See a trio of artistic spacesuit replicas created through the Spacesuit Art Project this holiday season. These exceptional suits, Hope, Courage and Unity, are composed of canvasses hand-painted by young cancer patients.
The Hope suit was painted by children at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital while the Unity suit was painted by patients from around the world. Hope and Unity are replicas of extra-vehicular activity suits while Courage is a flight-suit replica.
The Courage and Unity suits have both flown in space. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins wore the Courage suit aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during Expedition 49 and NASA astronaut Jack Fischer donned the Unity suit aboard the ISS during Expedition 52.
The Spacesuit Art Project is a collaboration between the University of Texas, MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital’s Arts in Medicine Program, NASA and space suit company ILC Dover. The collaboration is helping raise awareness of issues surrounding childhood cancer and revealing the positive connection between the arts and the healing process.
Plan your visit
Space Center Houston is open every day but Christmas. Click here to view our hours. Save on admission with a CityPASS and explore Space Center Houston plus four other top attractions. Purchase a CityPASS in person or online at spacecenter.org/citypass. Get more tips to plan your space adventure on our visitor info webpage.
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