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.

April Exploration Events


  • When: April 16 @ 10:45 a.m.
  • Where: Rocket Park
  • Who: High schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH)
  • Topic: Design & Prototyping challenge
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Christina Dillon
  • When: April 17 @ 1 p.m.
  • Where: Mission Briefing Center
  • Topic: "Equipping Yourself with the Tools to Start a Career in Engineering"
  • Who: Christina Dillon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. She is currently a certified analyst for the Environmental and Thermal Operating Systems group for the International Space Station Program, and is training to be a Flight Controller for Mission Control.


  • When: April 19 @ 2 p.m.
  • Where: Mission Briefing Center
  • Topic: Spanish presentation featuring NASA experts’ experiences and current projects
  • Who: Panelists:
Jackelynne Silva-Martinez works at NASA Johnson Space Center in the International Space Station and Exploration Mission Planning Operations within the Flight Operations Directorate. She worked as a Mechanical Engineer and Test Operator at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the Robotic Manipulators and Deployable Booms group performing tests for the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity Rover mission.
Herbert Silva received his PhD from Stanford University where he did research at the Experimental Mechanics Lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department, as well as at the SLAC National Linear Accelerator where he used X-ray diffraction to determine mechanical properties of biological tissues. Herbert has interned at The Boeing Company in California and at NASA Johnson Space Center, where he currently works in the structural engineering branch.
Natalia Russi-Vigoya is part of the Health and Human Performance team at KBRwyle – NASA Johnson Space Center. She is a Sr. Human Factors Engineer and subject matter expert for the Commercial Crew Program. She has experience working in the Orion Human Factors team and was a Commercial Crew Human systems integrator. She is primarily working on the project of Human Capabilities Assessment for Autonomous Missions.
John Love is with the International Space Station Program’s Research Integration Office. His primary function is as Lead Expedition Scientist. He recently served as acting Deputy ISS Chief Scientist and interim Multilateral Research Planning Working Group Chair. Past duties include having served as the Flight Lead for the Human Research Program.

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