Independence Plaza

Independence Plaza presented by Boeing is the international landmark, offering an experience like nothing else in the world.

Visitors can enter the shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft, and then explore the giant plane. It is the world’s only shuttle mounted on an SCA and the only one allowing the public to enter both.

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Multiple exhibits grant a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era and describe its impact on current and future exploration. Fitting Space Center Houston’s educationally focused mission, the exhibits explore problem-solving concepts; possible career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and examples of innovation from the shuttle era.

The landmark experience is offered at no extra charge as part of the general admission ticket.

The giant multi-exhibit complex is the biggest project of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Manned Space Flight Education Foundation since it built and opened Space Center Houston in 1992.

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(Included in general admission)