Astronaut Days

Meet an astronaut, train like an astronaut, have breakfast with an astronaut and more at our new summer event, Astronaut Days, Aug. 5-8.

Astronaut Days provide multiple opportunities to spot a space explorer, from Astronaut Mission Memories and Q&A sessions to bingo and book signings. Celebrate the space pioneers who have risked everything and made sacrifices to explore the cosmos to further our knowledge of the universe.

Check out the schedule below and get your tickets today!

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Time Activity Location
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Spacesuit photo opportunity Astronaut Gallery
12 - 12:30 p.m. Bingo The Food Lab
12 - 12:20 p.m. Ask an astronaut Rocket Park
12:30 - 12:50 p.m. Train like an Astronaut Independence Plaza
1 - 1:30 p.m. Commander Quest meet & greet Astronaut Gallery
1 - 1:30 p.m. Shuttle stories Independence Plaza
1 - 1:30 p.m. Story corner Mission Briefing Center
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Book signing SpaceTraders gift shop
2 - 2:30 p.m. Ask an astronaut Rocket Park
2:30 – 2:50 p.m. Train like an Astronaut Independence Plaza
3 - 3:30 p.m. Commander Quest meet & greet Astronaut Gallery
3 - 3:30 p.m. Shuttle stories Independence Plaza
3 - 3:45 p.m. Fact or fiction space movie trivia Space Center Theater
Time Activity Location
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast with an Astronaut (additional fee) The Food Lab
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Spacesuit photo opportunity Astronaut Gallery
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Astronaut Mission Memories Space Center Theater
12 - 12:30 p.m. Bingo The Food Lab
12 - 12:20 p.m. Ask an astronaut Rocket Park
12:30 - 12:50 p.m. Train like an Astronaut Independence Plaza
1 - 1:30 p.m. Commander Quest meet & greet Astronaut Gallery
1 - 1:30 p.m. Shuttle stories Independence Plaza
1 - 1:30 p.m. Story corner Mission Briefing Center
1:20 - 1:50 p.m. Astronaut Mission Memories Space Center Theater
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Book signing SpaceTraders gift shop
2 - 2:30 p.m. Ask an astronaut Rocket Park
2:30 – 2:50 p.m. Train like an Astronaut Independence Plaza
3 - 3:30 p.m. Commander Quest meet & greet Astronaut Gallery
3 - 3:30 p.m. Shuttle stories Independence Plaza
3 - 3:45 p.m. Fact or fiction space movie trivia Space Center Theater
Time Activity Location
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast with an Astronaut (additional fee) The Food Lab
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Spacesuit photo opportunity Astronaut Gallery
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Astronaut Mission Memories Space Center Theater
12 - 12:30 p.m. Bingo The Food Lab
12 - 12:20 p.m. Ask an astronaut Rocket Park
12:30 - 12:50 p.m. Train like an Astronaut Independence Plaza
1 - 1:30 p.m. Commander Quest meet & greet Astronaut Gallery
1 - 1:30 p.m. Shuttle stories Independence Plaza
1 - 1:30 p.m. Story corner Mission Briefing Center
1:20 - 1:50 p.m. Astronaut Mission Memories Space Center Theater
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Book signing SpaceTraders gift shop
2 - 2:30 p.m. Ask an astronaut Rocket Park
2:30 – 2:50 p.m. Train like an Astronaut Independence Plaza
3 - 3:30 p.m. Commander Quest meet & greet Astronaut Gallery
3 - 3:30 p.m. Shuttle stories Independence Plaza
3 - 3:45 p.m. Fact or fiction space movie trivia Space Center Theater
Time Activity Location
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Spacesuit photo opportunity Astronaut Gallery
12 - 12:30 p.m. Bingo The Food Lab
12 - 12:20 p.m. Ask an astronaut Rocket Park
12:30 - 12:50 p.m. Train like an Astronaut Independence Plaza
1 - 1:30 p.m. Commander Quest meet & greet Astronaut Gallery
1 - 1:30 p.m. Shuttle stories Independence Plaza
1 - 1:30 p.m. Story corner Mission Briefing Center
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Book signing SpaceTraders gift shop
2 - 2:30 p.m. Ask an astronaut Rocket Park
2:30 – 2:50 p.m. Train like an Astronaut Independence Plaza
3 - 3:30 p.m. Commander Quest meet & greet Astronaut Gallery
3 - 3:30 p.m. Shuttle stories Independence Plaza
3 - 3:45 p.m. Fact or fiction space movie trivia Space Center Theater
Note: Schedule subject to change.

Featured astronauts

Rex Walheim is a veteran of three space flights. He logged more than 36 days in space, with over 36 hours in five spacewalks. Walheim served on STS-110 in 2002, STS-122 in 2008 and STS-135, the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. Walheim performed five spacewalks during his missions.

Dave Williams is a veteran of two space flights. He logged more than 27 days in space. Williams, who is a Canadian Space Agency astronaut, served on STS-90 in 1998 and STS-118 in 2007. Williams also held the position of Director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate at JSC. With this appointment, he became the first non-American to hold a senior management position within NASA.

Don Thomas is a veteran of four space flights. He logged over 43 days in space. He was a mission specialist on STS-65 in 1994, STS-70 in 1995, STS-83 in 1997 and STS-94 in 1997. In his last assignment he served as the International Space Station Program Scientist overseeing NASA experiments performed on the ISS.

Mark Polanksy is a veteran of three space flights. He logged more than 41 days in space. He was the pilot on STS-98 in 2001 and the mission commander on STS-116 in 2006 and STS-127 in 2009. Polansky also served as Director of Operations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.

Mike Foreman is a veteran of two spaceflights. He logged over 26 days in space. Foreman flew on STS-123 in March 2008 and STS-129 in November 2009. He performed five spacewalks during his missions.



Specialty food

Don’t miss the All-American classics served daily at Independence Cue in Independence Plaza. The meal is modeled after the “All-American Meal” served on STS-135, the final shuttle mission.

Food scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center prepared a special "All-American Meal" for the final space shuttle crew as the iconic American spacecraft made its last voyage. The crew’s menu began with crackers, brie cheese and sausage. The shuttle crew’s entrée featured grilled chicken, Southwestern corn and baked beans. The International Space Station crew’s entrée included barbeque brisket. The meal concluded with a quintessential American dessert – apple pie.

Space Center Houston partner Wolfgang Puck Catering offers dishes inspired by this historic “All-American Meal” at our Independence Cue pop-up in Independence Plaza.

Train Like an Astronaut

Daily*

Use insights from astronaut training to unlock your capabilities and potential. Ages 4-12 can train like an astronaut this summer through interactive challenges. Complete an obstacle course, a puzzle, and agility training daily* at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Independence Plaza. Register onsite in advance the day of your visit.

*Weather permitted

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