Meet Astronauts, Ride a Hovercraft and Board the New Exhibit Independence Plaza

Release Date:  Feb. 25, 2016


Meet an astronaut, walk inside a space shuttle, ride a hovercraft and watch a film on a new giant theater screen. The nonprofit offers something for all ages and two new exhibits during Space Center Houston’s Cosmic Spring, presented by the city of Webster, during March.

Visitors can explore Space Center Houston’s top five Cosmic Spring attractions for the ultimate adventure this spring. 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 which re-opens March 1 with stunning 4K ultra-high definition, new audio and an all-new giant screen. For tips on planning your trip, visit


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


Cosmic Spring is the month of March.

Best photo ops:           

  • Walk through a shuttle replica and see the living and work space for a shuttle astronaut.
  • 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.
  • 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)

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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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