Astronaut Week

Join us for Astronaut Week Oct. 14-19 to celebrate the space pioneers who have risked everything and are making sacrifices to explore the cosmos and further our knowledge of the universe.

Flown astronaut/cosmonaut delegates from all over the world will gather at Space Center Houston for the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) XXXII Planetary Congress to honor the vast accomplishments made in space over the last five decades, to share with the public the past and present experiences in space, and to shine a light on what’s to come. This will be the largest gathering of astronauts ever.

Be part of the mission and hear from a variety of astronauts in our public presentations and activities below. All presentations and activities are included in general admission, excluding Lunch with an Astronaut and the Thought Leader Series.

Presentation


  • What: The Impact of Apollo, Today and Tomorrow
  • When: Oct. 14 | 1:30 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Space Center Theater
  • Who: Panelists include retired NASA flight director Wayne Hale, retired astronaut Tom Jones, Smithsonian musuem curator Jennifer Levasseur and will be moderated by retired astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria.
Submit questions to questions@spacecenter.org.

Presentation


  • What: Medical Challenges and Solutions Beyond Low-Earth Orbit
  • When: Oct. 14 | 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Where: Space Center Theater
  • Who: Panelists include Dr. John Charles, Dr. Richard Jennings, Dr. Oleg Kotov, Dr. Andre Kuipers, Dr. Sue Bloomfield, and Dr. Bonnie Dunbar will be the moderator.
Submit questions to questions@spacecenter.org.

Live stream presentation


  • What: The Apollo Experience
  • When: Oct. 15 | 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Astronaut Gallery
  • Who: Panelists include Apollo astronauts Tom Stafford, Walt Cunningham, Rusty Scweickart and Fred Haise, former JSC director George Abbey, former flight director Gerry Griffin and current JSC director Mark Geyer.

Presentation


  • What: Forward to the Moon
  • When: Oct. 15 | 2 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Space Center Theater
  • Who: Dan Hartman, Alexander Gerst, Sergei Krikalev, Koichi Wakata, Tim Braithwaite, and Ken Bowersox will be the moderator
Submit questions to questions@spacecenter.org.

Presentation


  • What: The Next 50 Years – Challenges for Future Exploration
  • When: Oct. 15 | 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Space Center Theater
  • Who: Panelists will include Haitham Abdulaziz, Stephen Clarke, Dr. Ronaold Litchford, Dr. Dennis Whyte, David Poston, Steven Bowen and Franklin Chang-Diaz. Steve Oswald will be the moderator
Submit questions to questions@spacecenter.org.

Presentation


  • What: From Air to Space
  • When: Oct. 16 | 11 a.m. - noon
  • Where: Space Center Theater
  • Who: Panel of NASA Johnson Space Center airmen as well as General Stephen W. “Seve” Wilson who is Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va. As Vice Chief, Wilson presides over the Air Staff and serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council and Deputy Advisory Working Group. He assists the Chief of Staff with organizing, training, and equipping of 685,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. Panelists will also include Col. Raja Chari, Lt. Col. Bob Hines, Lt. Col. Chas Tacheny, Maj. Craig Murphy and Capt. Chris Jordan.
Submit questions to questions@spacecenter.org.

Presentation


  • What: Astronauts from Around the World
  • When: Oct. 16 | 1 p.m.
  • Where: Space Center Theater
  • Who: Helen Sharman, Cady Coleman, Koichi Wakata, Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, and moderated by Dr. John Charles
Submit questions to questions@spacecenter.org.

Thought Leader Series presentation


  • What: Astronauts from Around the World
  • When: Oct. 16 | 7 p.m.
  • Where: Space Center Theater
  • Who: Helen Sharman, Cady Coleman, Koichi Wakata, and Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu
Submit questions to thoughtleaders@spacecenter.org.

Get your free Thought Leader Series tickets today!

Lunch with an Astronaut


Upgrade your experience with Lunch with an Astronaut. Enjoy a delicious meal, hear first-hand space exploration stories and snap a selfie with a space explorer. Meet astronaut Leroy Chiao Oct. 18. A veteran of four space flights, Chiao logged 229 days in space including six space walks. On Oct. 19, meet astronaut Jerry Ross. Ross is a veteran of seven space flights logging over 58 days in space including nine spacewalks.

Get your Lunch with an Astronaut tickets today!

Astronaut book signing


Get an autograph from NASA astronaut Jerry Ross Oct. 19. Bring a copy of your favorite book written by Ross or stop by our SpaceTrader gift shop to purchase a copy of Ross’ children’s book, “Spacewalker.”

Pop-Up Science Labs


Become an explorer yourself in our Pop-Up Science Labs. Learn about planetary science, space travel and more through hands-on learning for all ages.

NASA Tram Tour


Walk an elevated path through the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility in Building 9 where NASA astronauts train for current missions and where scientists and engineers are developing the next generation of space exploration vehicles on the NASA Tram Tour.
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