Experience nine days of space exploration education during Space Center Houston Spring Break – Days of Innovation March 10-18.
Discover flown spacecraft from the first and last crewed lunar landings, see and touch actual moon and Mars rocks, have Lunch with an Astronaut and explore space science through hands-on learning. With more than 400 things to see and do, Space Center Houston has something for everyone.
Pop-Up Science Labs
Become a scientist and conduct your very own experiments in our spring break Pop-up Science Labs March 10-18. Explore circuitry using LEDs and conductive materials, identify the effect of crater formation-based impact variables and more. Each day of spring break has a theme with engaging experiments and activities.
- March 10 – Roving Robotics
- March 11 – Blast Off with Rockets
- March 12 – Human Health and Performance
- March 13 – Exploring Engineering
- March 14 – Lights, Lasers, Action!
- March 15 – Curious about Coding?
- March 16 – Foam Rocket Fun with Newton’s Laws
- March 17 – Space Vehicle Design Challenges
- March 18 – Laser and Light Challenges
Visit the Guest Services Desk the day of your visit for Pop-Up Science Lab activities and locations.
Don’t miss your last chance to immerse yourself in the world premiere of “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” before it closes March 18. This blockbuster exhibit brings the command module from the first lunar landing of Apollo 11 outside the Smithsonian for the first time since 1971. For the first time, command modules from both the first and last lunar landings are together under one roof. The Apollo 17 command module and other artifacts from the last mission to land astronauts on the moon are part of Space Center Houston’s permanent collection.
See more than 20 one-of-a-kind Apollo 11 mission artifacts, some of which flew on the historic first mission to land on the moon. The exhibit includes the flown Apollo 11 command module, its 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 at Space Center Houston 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, 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.
Neutral Buoyancy Lab tours
Have you ever wondered how astronauts train for microgravity? Tour the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) March 10-17 and learn how astronauts train underwater for upcoming missions. The NBL is a massive, 6.2-million-gallon diving tank where astronauts perform simulated extravehicular (spacewalk) tasks. NBL tours are included with your general admission ticket and begin boarding at 11 a.m. Please visit the Guest Services Desk for the tour departure location and schedules. Space is limited.
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 informed the shape of the bottoms of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo program command modules, preventing them from tumbling chaotically as they re-entered our atmosphere. Be sure to stop by and touch this rare 1,430-pound piece of the cosmos during your visit.
Touch another piece of space during your trip to Space Center Houston, the Canyon Diablo iron 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.
Enhance your experience
Listen to the life and times of a space explorer while enjoying a cosmic lunch March 10-17. Hear their first-hand stories of exploration during the presentation and Q&A. Don’t forget to bring your camera to take a stellar selfie with an astronaut! Make family memories that will last a lifetime.
- March 10 & 14 – Jerry Ross, a veteran of seven spaceflights logging more than 58 days in space, including nine spacewalks
- March 12 – Clay Anderson, a veteran of two spaceflights logging more than 167 days in space, including six spacewalks
- March 13 – Brian Duffy, a veteran of four spaceflights logging more than 40 days in space
- March 15 – Anna Fisher, a veteran of one spaceflight logging a total of 192 hours in space
- March 16 & 17 – Rick Hieb, a veteran of three spaceflights logging over 750 hours in space, including over 17 hours of spacewalk
Young explorers will get the most out of their breaks at our educational spring day camps March 12-16. Children ages 4-18 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.
Campers ages 11-18 can attend Space Center University, our ultimate education experience.
Park your tent beneath the wing of the historic shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905 and spend a night under the stars in our new Family Campout program. Build model rockets, explore robotics, train for spaceflight and more. The fun begins at 4:30 p.m. March 10.
Plan your visit
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Space Center Houston Spring Break –Days of Innovation is sponsored by the City of Webster.