HOUSTON, Dec. 21, 2018 – Space Center Houston and its more than 400 things to see and do will remain open in the event of a government shutdown.

All programming at Space Center Houston continues, including the NASA Tram Tour, NBL tours, Level 9 tours, live presentations, films and educational programs, such as Space Center University.

“Our mission continues,” said William T. Harris, the science and space exploration learning center’s president and CEO. “We welcome guests to experience the wonders of human space exploration this holiday season and beyond.”

Space Center Houston is the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center but is owned and operated by a separate nonprofit organization. It is not part of the government shutdown.

The nonprofit will be open on Monday, Dec. 24 while federal facilities are closed for Christmas Eve.

Space Center Houston is the gateway to a working NASA facility, Johnson Space Center. Public tours to NASA Johnson Space Center are available, including a bus tour to the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, Dec. 26-29. See how astronauts train underwater to prepare for challenges in low Earth orbit. The NBL is a 6.2-million-gallon diving tank where astronauts perform simulated extravehicular (spacewalk) tasks. NBL tours are $12.95 per visitor and must be purchased in addition to a general admission ticket. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Guest Services Desk. Space is limited.

The center’s extensive permanent collection of artifacts includes three flown spacecraft from the Gemini, Mercury and Apollo eras. Visit this holiday season during Space Center Houston’s Days of Exploration. Space Center Houston offers educational Explorer Camps, a new fall exhibit – Planet Pioneers – and offers Lunch with an Astronaut every Friday and Saturday, with added special holiday dates in December.

Experience the legacy of the Apollo 11 mission during the nonprofit’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Guests can be a part of the NASA mission and relive the Apollo-era with Space Center Houston’s ongoing Thought Leader Series featuring Apollo legends, special exhibits, education activities, space films and a space art show.

Any public NASA tour changes will be posted at spacecenter.org and on social media. To plan a visit and for more information, visit spacecenter.org.

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space exploration 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 one million visitors annually, was named “Best Museum in Texas” by USA Today and generates a $73 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and a Certified Autism Center. More than 250,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to experience our educational space museum with more than 400 things to see and do. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.

SOURCE: Manned Space Flight Education Foundation

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