Media Advisory

Enter Space Center Houston’s One-of-a-Kind Colossal Exhibit Before It Opens
Huge on the Outside, Bigger on the Inside

Release Date: Jan. 18, 2016

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What:

Independence Plaza Media Morning on Wednesday allows the news media to go inside the just-completed shuttle carrier aircraft and shuttle before the public. Tell your readers and viewers what they will see on opening day (Jan. 23) and interview key people who brought this challenging exhibit to life, as well as international and Houston-area students who also are seeing it for the first time.

The exhibits inside the plane and shuttle were just completed late Sunday and now you have first access. Stand inside one of the greatest engineering marvels, touch the interactive displays and experience the excitement before the public.

Space Center Houston’s colossal new Independence Plaza opens Saturday, Jan. 23, with fireworks, skydivers, astronauts, hands-on science activities and live presentations as it celebrates “Mission Accomplished.” For more information on the grand opening, visit spacecenter.org/independence.

Where:

Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058

When:

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 – Independence Plaza Media Morning
  • 8-8:30 a.m. – Check-in, refreshments
  • 8:30-9:15 a.m. – Independence Plaza speakers and update, Q&A
  • 9:15-11 a.m. – Guided tours of Independence Plaza; one-on-one interviews
  • 11-11:30 a.m. – Students from Uckfield Community Technology College in the United Kingdom and Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men in Houston attending Space Center Houston educational courses.

Opportunities:

  • Interview key people who made the exhibit come to life.
  • UK Students attending Space Center University and students from Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men attending Space Center Houston’s Exploration Academy.
  • Touch the interactive displays and discover how the shuttle flew.
  • Position a shuttle and SCA with engineering precision to get them to mate.
  • Walk through a space shuttle and feel like an astronaut.

Contact:

Communications Department, (281) 244-2122, communications@spacecenter.org

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit space museum with an extensive science education program. The cornerstone of its science education mission is Space Center Houston, which USA Today called “The Big Draw” in the greater Houston area with nearly 1 million visitors annually and a $45 million economic impact on the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center. The center draws more than 100,000 teachers and students annually from around the world. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.