Go inside the New International Landmark Independence Plaza Before it Opens

Release Date: Jan. 21, 2016

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Media Morning on Friday will allow news media to go inside the just-completed Independence Plaza before the public opening on Jan. 23. Tell your readers and viewers what they will see on opening day inside the shuttle and shuttle carrier aircraft. Interview key people who brought this challenging exhibit to life. Stand inside one of the greatest engineering marvels, touch the interactive displays and experience the excitement before the public. The colossal new Independence Plaza, presented by Boeing, opens with fireworks, RE/MAX skydivers, astronauts, hands-on science activities and live presentations as it celebrates “Mission Accomplished.” Visit spacecenter.org/independence.


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


Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 – Independence Plaza Media Morning
  • 8-8:30 a.m. – Check-in
  • 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


RSVP to www.spacecenterprogs.org/reply/rsvp.aspx


  • Interview key people, including Spanish fluent speakers.
  • 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.
  • Interview students from Uckfield Community Technology College in the United Kingdom attending a Space Center Houston educational course.

Possible Interviews:

  • Richard Allen, President and CEO, Space Center Houston
  • Mike Waterman, executive vice president, Houston First; president, Visit Houston
  • Jorge Franz, senior vice president of tourism, Houston First and Visit Houston (Spanish fluent)
  • Paul Spana, exhibits manager, Space Center Houston
  • Carmina Mortillaro, senior exhibits developer, Space Center Houston (Spanish fluent)


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.
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