New Artifact: Gene Kranz’s Mug

Travel though space history in our Starship Gallery timeline and see a new artifact – Gene Kranz’s Mug. Flight controllers gave this custom mug to Flight Director Gene Kranz after a flu outbreak among his Mission Control team in the mid-1960’s. They jokingly called him “Flu FD,” short for “flu flight director.” This personal item […]

New Artifact: Apollo-Era Data Acquisition Camera

Travel though space history in our Starship Gallery timeline and see a new artifact – a 16mm Apollo-era data acquisition camera. This camera was used in training Apollo astronauts. A motion picture camera like this was mounted on the lunar rover to record mission activities. The film was later viewed back on Earth to determine […]

The story behind our Orbiter Access Arm

Have you seen the shuttle-era Orbiter Access Arm in Independence Plaza? Find out how this historic artifact found its way to Space City all the way from the Space Coast in today’s blog post. What is the Orbiter Access Arm? The Orbiter Access Arm (OAA), also called the gantry, spanned the gap between the launch […]

Space Center Houston adds new lunar sample

Space Center Houston has a new lunar sample on display! Sample no. 76015 is displayed in our Lunar Vault, pictured above in his home, our display case. What is it? What makes it special? Where did it come from? We’re glad you asked. A lunar meteorite Sample no. 76015 is a piece of lunar breccia. […]

Solving Space: Gemini III Launch

[sp name=’GeminiIIILnch’] Gemini III launched March 23, 1965 with Prime Crew astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom and John W. Young. NASA’s two-man Gemini spaceflights demonstrated that astronauts could change their capsule’s orbit, remain in space for at least two weeks and work outside their spacecraft–all essential skills to land on the moon and return safely […]

Solving Space: Apollo 17

[sp name=’Pioneerten’] Apollo 17 was the last mission in which humans traveled to the Moon. It launched on Dec. 7, 1972; 12:33 a.m. EST,  with crew Eugene A. Cernan, Commander, Harrison H. Schmitt, Lunar Module Pilot, Ronald E. Evans, Command Module Pilot. It landed on the lunar surface on Dec. 11, 1972. Solve Space by […]

Solving Space: Skylab 1-G Trainer

[sp name=’SkylabG’]   How could astronauts live and work in space for prolonged periods of time? Apollo missions had lasted a maximum of no more than two weeks. But NASA had a bigger vision: Skylab, America’s first space station. First, though, the NASA team needed to learn how to support the Skylab crew, and the […]

Monthly Quiz: Independence Plaza

In 2016, Independence Plaza presented by Boeing opened to the public! In celebration of Independence Plaza’s fifth anniversary, take our monthly quiz to test out your knowledge of this landmark exhibit! [wp_quiz id=”43727″]

Solving Space: Happy 5th Anniversary, Independence Plaza!

[sp name=’IndShuttle’] Five years ago, Independence Plaza presented by Boeing opened as a permanent exhibit here at Space Center Houston! This international landmark offers an experience like nothing else in the world: visitors can enter the shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft, and then explore […]

Now on Display: Space Exploration Vehicle

Did you know NASA is testing concepts for next generation vehicles to be use on future exploration missions? These space exploration vehicles offer advanced features compared to the last crewed roving space vehicle, the Apollo lunar rover. Once we’re in space, a safe vehicle for exploration will increase our productivity and propel us toward achieving […]