Space Center Houston Reopens July 19

HOUSTON, July 10, 2020 – Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, reopens to the public on Sunday, July 19 with Member Welcome Back Days July 17-18. Experience a new enhanced guest experience with new safety measures and new exhibits. Registration is also open for the center’s Explorer Camps and Space Center U® education programs.

With health and safety top of mind, Space Center Houston’s educating youth with new Clean Room experiences offered through its Space Center U® and Explorer Camp programs this summer. Inspired by NASA missions, the nonprofit offers Clean Room experiences for ages 6-18 to learn how NASA prepares for a mission in an immersive way while maintaining health and safety. Youth will take part in educational activities, tour inspiring Space Center Houston exhibits, watch live presentations and films; and go behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center. Register today at spacecenter.org/education.

Experience the museum and education programs with limited capacity to allow everyone to follow social distancing and sanitizing practices. There are top things to know before you go.
• All guests, including members, must have a timed admission tickets to enable staggered, capacity-limited guest entry to the museum.
• Face coverings are required for employees and guests ages two and older.
• Experience new live shows in open spaces; a new “Apollo 13: Failure is not an option” exhibit summarizing the mission as it unfolded; the new permanent outdoor exhibit, a flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
• A new themed guest journey experience, plus a one-directional flow through galleries.
• Ample space allows for social distancing throughout your visit, including the center’s queuing and Zero-G Diner.
• Download the free Space Center Houston mobile app to select a new NASA Tram Tour virtual boarding pass to board the tram tour during your visit. The NASA Tram Tour takes guests behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center.
• A new concierge at the entrance is ready to support guest entry. For a complete list of the reopening procedures, guests are encouraged to review the center’s Know Before You Go Guide for tips on planning a visit and a list of what to bring and what to not bring.

The center’s 250,000 square-foot facility offers ample space for social distancing with access to get up close to actual spacecraft and hardware used for historic missions. Guests will experience the new permanent outdoor exhibit, a flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It is the only Falcon 9 on public display outside of SpaceX’s headquarters and is the same type of rocket that was used in the Demo-2 mission, marking the first time since 2011 that astronauts launched from American soil. Guests can also take a tour of the spacious Independence Plaza exhibit, the only place you can walk inside a shuttle replica mounted on top of the historic shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905.

The nonprofit has new protocols in place including social distancing practices; special hours for vulnerable populations from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays; a new touchless entry with self-scan turnstiles; increased hand sanitizer stations; Plexiglass shields at ticket counters; enhanced daily cleaning; and a deep sanitize to all surfaces is conducted center-wide nightly.

For timed admission tickets to Space Center Houston, visit spacecenter.org. Parking fees will be waived for a limited time. Become a Space Center Houston member and experience exclusive perks including a 20 percent discount at the gift shop through the end of July, monthly member mornings and more. Ticket prices range from $24.95 for children (ages 4-11) to $29.95 for adults (12 and older) with discounts for seniors and members of the military. All Space Center Houston experiences are subject to change while the center continues to monitor state and local health and safety guidelines for reopening.

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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 more than 1.25 million visitors annually, was named “Best Museum in Texas” by USA Today and generates a $118.7 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 the educational space museum with more than 400 things to see and do. For more information, go to spacecenter.org.

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