Astronauts, Robots and Football Fans Gear Up for the Road to Super Bowl

Release Date:  Aug. 24, 2016


Watch astronauts, a former Houston Texan player and visitors show off their touchdown skills at the ultimate Super Bowl football fan experience at the nonprofit Space Center Houston. During the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee’s first Touchdown Tour, people will gear up for game day and enter the Houston Texans mobile locker room, meet astronauts, race robots and eat delicious game-day fare to celebrate the countdown of Super Bowl LI coming to Houston.

The Touchdown Tour kickoff event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27 in the parking lot of the nonprofit science and space learning center. It is free to the public but the normal $6 on-site parking fee at the center applies.

  • Special 10:30 a.m. ceremony for retired astronaut Scott Kelly to present an NFL football that spent months alongside him in the International Space Station to the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee.
  • Space Center Houston’s free Space Robotics Field in which visitors undertake robot training camp, plan strategy on the practice field and compete in a Space Robotics Challenge football game, all while learning about innovative robotics.
  • A multimedia mobile NASA exhibit and a display of NASA’s Orion space capsule.
  • Retired astronaut Clay Anderson in a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Interactive games, giveaways, music and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase in a beer garden.

Inside Space Center Houston

Visitors with a ticket to enter Space Center Houston will find a day of special activities, including Pop-up Science Labs and four panels of astronauts and other space experts speaking about the shuttle program, commercial spaceflight, deep-space exploration and space station science. Tickets are available to have a special Lunch with an Astronaut. Learn more at


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

Media check-in at event entrance located in the parking lot.


9 a.m.-7 p.m. – Space Center Houston hours of operation

10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Touchdown Tour outdoor activities

Best photo ops:

  • Watch retired astronaut Scott Kelly, astronaut and NASA JSC Center Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa and Space Center Houston CEO William T. Harris present an NFL football to Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Super Bowl Host Committee President and CEO Sallie Sargent.
  • People inside a Houston Texans-themed locker room.
  • Adults and children catch footballs and make touchdowns.
  • Guests playing football with robots during robot training camp.
  • Meet an astronaut or a former Houston Texans player.

Possible Interviews:

  • William T. Harris, Space Center Houston president & CEO
  • Daniel Newmyer, Space Center Houston director of education
  • Retired astronauts
  • Guests participating in the activities.

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws 1 million visitors annually, was called “The Big Draw” by USA Today and generates a $73 million annual economic impact in 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. More than 100,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to take part in extraordinary learning opportunities. For more information, go to

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