Space Exploration Events

Discover the wonders of science and space through our Exploration Events. Space Center Houston hosts special presentations, book signings and other experiences that inform and educate guests about science and space missions, history, initiatives and more. These events are included in general admission.

January Exploration Events

Special presentation


  • When: Jan. 31 @ 7 p.m.
  • Where: Astronaut Gallery
  • Topic: Gallaudet 11: The Deaf Right Stuff
  • Summary: Before NASA could send humans to space, the agency needed to better understand the effects of prolonged weightlessness on the human body. So, in the late 1950s, NASA and the U.S. Naval School of Aviation Medicine established a joint research program to study these effects and recruited 11 deaf men aged 25-48 from Gallaudet College (now Gallaudet University). Today, these men are known to history as the “Gallaudet Eleven," and their names are Harold Domich, Robert Greenmun, Barron Gulak, Raymond Harper, Jerald Jordan, Harry Larson, David Myers, Donald Peterson, Raymond Piper, Alvin Steele, John Zakutney. Larson and Myers, members of the “Gallaudet Eleven,” will be joined on the panel with Dr. Lackner, Dr. Reschke, and John Allen from NASA will be the moderator. ASL interpreters will be present. For accessibility requests, please contact accessibility@spacecenter.org. This is a free event, but a ticket is required.
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Study participants chat in the zero-g aircraft that flew out of Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.
Study participants chat in the zero-g aircraft that flew out of Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla. Click here to learn more. Photo Credit: US Navy/Gallaudet University collection

February Exploration Events

Special presentation


  • When: Feb. 5 @ 7 p.m.
  • Where: Space Center Theater
  • Who: Emily Lakdawalla, Solar System Specialist for The Planetary Society
  • Topic: Exoplanets in Our Backyard
  • Summary: Our generation is the first in human history to travel to other worlds. With the help of robots, we’ve seen the lava plains of Venus, the fire fountains of Jupiter’s moon Io, the methane lakes of Saturn’s moon Titan, the craggy cliffs of comets, the moody blue storms of Neptune, and the youthful glaciers of Pluto. Thirty spacecraft are exploring our solar system right now. At the same time, we’ve discovered that there are about as many planets in our galaxy as there are stars. We can’t visit those worlds yet, but we can learn a little about what they might be like by studying our neighbor planets. What kinds of planets are out there? Is our own solar system normal or weird? Could there be other planets with life? Learn about the surprising diversity of worlds near and far with Emily Lakdawalla, Solar System Specialist for The Planetary Society.
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Emily Lakdawalla

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