Don’t miss Space Center Houston’s most popular attraction, the NASA Tram Tour. This is your chance to go on site at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) and get a behind-the-scenes look at human space exploration.The NASA Tram Tour is included in your admission to Space Center Houston.
What happens at NASA Johnson Space Center?
Located on 1,600 acres, JSC is the training base and home to our nation’s astronauts and the site of Mission Control, where a talented cadre of flight controllers support the work of our women and men in space.
JSC has served as a hub of human spaceflight activity for more than half a century. It is home to the nation’s astronaut corps, the International Space Station mission operations, the Orion Program, and a host of future space developments. The center plays a pivotal role in enhancing scientific and technological knowledge to benefit all of humankind.
There are two experiences that you may enjoy based on the amount of time you have available for the NASA Tram Tour.
On the full 90-minute NASA Tram Tour, you will be guided through different JSC locations including Rocket Park, where one of only three of the remaining actual Saturn V rockets is displayed, along with other rockets that propelled space exploration.
Walk an elevated path through the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility where NASA astronauts train for current missions and where scientists and engineers are developing the next generation of space exploration vehicles.
Visit the iconic Christopher C. Kraft Mission Control and enter the historic Mission Operations Control Room (MOCR) from which NASA led Gemini and Apollo missions, including the momentous first lunar landing mission as well as early space shuttle missions.
If you have a limited amount of time, we offer a shorter 30-minute option of the NASA Tram Tour. A knowledgeable Space Center Houston guide will drive you through the JSC campus as you learn the history of JSC and where the future of human space exploration is happening. This shorter tour has an optional stop at Rocket Park, which requires an additional 30 minutes.
During some weekends and holidays, tour the current Mission Control where flight controllers monitor activities on the International Space Station.
Tour schedules and details
Please note that during peak seasons the NASA Tram Tour experience may differ and departure times may vary seasonally.
The last tour departs two hours prior to the center closing. Click here to view our seasonal hours.
This is an open-air tram tour which could be interrupted due to inclement weather. Please monitor weather conditions and plan accordingly. The tram tour visits working government facilities which are subject to availability and can temporarily close to visitors without notice.