Blast Off to a Fun Summer in Space

HOUSTON, April 27, 2016 – Train like an astronaut, launch a rocket and walk inside a jumbo jet during Space Center Houston’s summer in space.

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“We have wonderful summer adventures for everyone in the family,” said William T. Harris, president and CEO for the nonprofit Space Center Houston. “Run in the rain in the new summer exhibit, train in zero-gravity at Space Center University or even meet an astronaut.”

Whether you’re looking for family fun, educational activities for the children or just an extra-special adventure, Space Center Houston has something for everyone. There are more than 400 things to see and do with the largest collection of space artifacts in the southwestern United States.

Pursue the ultimate summer adventure. Immerse yourself in the history and future of human space exploration. Experience the wonder and excitement of Space Center Houston’s top five summer experiences.

  1. All-New Astronaut Audio Tour – Hear first-hand stories from space pioneers with beautiful photos and exciting videos that tell the rich history and sparkling future of human space exploration. There’s even a new children’s audio tour featuring a quiz game with colorful illustrations to help youngsters learn about the museum’s cosmic collection. Don’t miss the interactive games and the wealth of information that tell the evolution of human space exploration.
  1. Meet an Astronaut – Ever wonder what it takes to become an astronaut? Every Friday you can meet an astronaut and hear fascinating stories about their space adventures. The 30-minute presentations are held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and are included with a full-price admission.
  1. Space Center University – Students from all over the world can engineer a robotic rover and launch a rocket in this hands-on program. Space Center UTM is a week-long immersive learning experience that teaches students about space exploration, including traveling to and sustaining life upon a distant planet. Only at Space Center UTM can students train like astronauts underwater and visit NASA’s mission control. Space Center UTM is a weeklong program offered year-round to students ages 13 and older.
  1. MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition – Uncover the truth behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity in Space Center Houston’s new summer exhibit, presented by Coca-Cola May 28-Sept. 5. Guests discover whether they get more wet running versus walking in the rain and find out if toast really does always land buttered-side down. Investigate the myth, conduct an experiment and see many artifacts from the popular TV show.
  1. Independence Plaza presented by Boeing: The new one-of-a-kind exhibit gives visitors a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era and its impact on future exploration. Visitors will enter the full shuttle replica mounted on top of the original shuttle carrier aircraft, a modified Boeing 747. Inside the colossal exhibit, see astronaut living quarters, enter the flight deck of the shuttle and see NASA artifacts. Retrace the steps of astronauts inside the historic White Room or Orbital Access Arm that was used on the launch pad during the Apollo era.

Save on admission with a CityPASS and explore Space Center Houston plus four other top attractions. Purchase a CityPASS in-person or online at Visitors are encouraged to beat the crowds by arriving early and reserving a free timed ticket for a designated time for the most popular activities: the shuttle replica Independence and the tram tour. There are three easy ways to reserve a timed ticket. Prior to a visit, reserve a ticket at Or upon arriving at the center, visit a timed-ticket station where a Crew Member can assist in reserving a spot. For tips on planning your trip, go to

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science center and space museum 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 nearly 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

SOURCE: Manned Space Flight Education Foundation

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