Fly an Airplane, Ride a Hovercraft and Board the New Exhibit Independence Plaza

Release Date: March 29, 2016


Rise up inside a space shuttle, drive the lane on a recumbent bike or start a fast break on the NASA Tram Tour and see where astronauts train. The nonprofit Space Center Houston offers a winning combination of high-flying fun with two new exhibits during the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament.

There are more than 400 things to see and do for people of all ages. Board the tram tour and see history in the making at NASA Johnson Space Center; meet an astronaut; enter the new one-of-a-kind exhibit Independence Plaza, touch interactive displays and discover the historic shuttle era; and have fun in the interactive spring exhibit Going Places – the Technology of Transport, sponsored by the city of Webster. The new exhibit explores the exciting modes of transportation with multiple hands-on displays. Watch the film “Journey to Space” in Space Center Theater with stunning 4K ultra-high definition, new audio and an all-new giant screen.

Save on admission with a CityPASS and explore Space Center Houston plus four other top attractions. Purchase a CityPASS in-person or online at For tips on planning your trip, go to


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


Throughout the March Madness Tournament

Best photo ops:

  • Tour the shuttle replica and see the flight deck, mid-deck, payload bay; and a satellite flown in space inside the new international landmark Independence Plaza.
  • Walk through a shuttle replica and see the living and work space for a shuttle astronaut.
  • Stand inside Independence Plaza and learn about the Space Shuttle Program’s successes and see the impact it had on humanity.
  • Ride a hovercraft or race a friend on a recumbent bicycle.
  • Watch visitors board the tram tour.
  • See visitors enter and tour Independence Plaza.

Possible Interviews:

  • Paul Spana, Space Center Houston exhibits manager
  • Carmina Mortillaro, Space Center Houston senior exhibits developer (Spanish fluent)


Meridyth Moore, Public Relations Specialist, (281) 244-2139,

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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 $73 million annual 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

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