Meet our T-38 Jets in Talon Park

Talons may seem like just another jet, but they have played a unique role in aviation and human spaceflight history. In fact, astronauts have a deep respect for the T-38. Why? Because before astronauts flew the shuttle, they practiced with a T-38. Talon Park at the entrance to Space Center

Continue reading

Discover a historic Apollo artifact in our Talon Park

Did you know Talon Park at the entrance to Space Center Houston is home to a “boilerplate” Apollo capsule? NASA built “boilerplate” (BP) capsules, or nonfunctional craft that simulated the basic size and weight of command modules, as part of the Apollo program to test equipment and procedures prior to

Continue reading

Guest Post: Planet Pioneers

On Oct. 6, Space Center Houston’s newest seasonal exhibit opens to the public. Planet Pioneers, created by Scitech of Western Perth, Australia and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, puts aspiring astronauts and space explorers to the test as they attempt to source their own food, shelter and solve problems in an

Continue reading

Meet Morpheus, our newest addition!

Have you heard? There’s a new and exciting test article on display at the center! Suspended in space, just above our Mission Mars exhibit, is the Morpheus prototype planetary lander, used for testing vertical takeoff and landing for future deep space missions. This autonomous robotic lander has actually been used

Continue reading

On this date: NASA 905’s handover

On Aug. 22, 2013, Space Center Houston officially took over the shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905. In a ceremony held at Ellington Airport, local officials, NASA Johnson Space Center leadership and Space Center Houston leadership gathered for the handover. It was the first step in a momentous process that brought

Continue reading

AstroRad vest arrives at Space Center Houston

To survive deep space exploration, astronauts will have to weather radiation that is orders of magnitude greater than they’ve faced before. To keep them safe for an eventual trip to Mars and beyond, NASA has to get creative. One of the options currently getting ready for testing is created by

Continue reading