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Astronaut Exhibit Launches A New Level of Space Training

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HOUSTON, Sept. 12, 2016 – Experience the everyday life of astronauts, launch a rocket, serve as mission commander and discover how to grow plant species in space at the North American premiere of Astronaut, Space Center Houston’s fall exhibit presented by the city of Webster, Oct. 1-Jan. 16.

The interactive exhibition, produced by Imagine Exhibitions and designed and produced by Scitech of Perth, Australia, takes guests through a space workshop full of hands-on science fun and nearly 30 activities to test their abilities for space exploration, just like a real astronaut. The immersive experience explores the physical and mental challenges for astronauts and immerses guests in what life is like outside of Earth’s atmosphere.

“Visitors will experience astronaut training, climb into a simulated rocket launch and test rock samples,” said William T. Harris, president and CEO of the science and space learning center. “From science experiments to physical and psychological tests, Astronaut explores the day-to-day activities alongside the stellar science conducted in space.”

Guests will learn how the human body is affected by microgravity, examine their eyesight and perform strength tests like astronauts do during and after a space flight. Guests can launch a rocket and experience a simulated launch inside a capsule. A space lab takes guests inside astronaut living quarters and workspace, climb inside a space bed, choose space food, test space rocks and view the space toilet.

Fall is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the holidays at Space Center Houston. Plan your trip to Space Center Houston through the Visitor Info Page at spacecenter.org/visitor. Find helpful tips and suggested itineraries to help plan your day. To enhance your visit, purchase the new Astronaut Audio Tour featuring first-hand stories from space pioneers, beautiful photos and exciting videos that tell the rich history and sparkling future of human space exploration.

Save on admission with a CityPASS and explore Space Center Houston plus four other top attractions. Purchase a CityPASS in-person or online at spacecenter.org/citypass. Give a special gift this holiday season with a Space Center Houston membership and, for as little as $29.95, return free for an entire year with free parking, special events and much more. 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 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 1 million visitors annually, was called “The Big Draw” by USA Today and generates 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. 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 www.spacecenter.org.

Imagine Exhibitions Inc. is the global resource for all aspects of exhibitions and attractions. From design to creation, placement to presentation, marketing and operations, Imagine has the experience and inspiration to bring the best possible experience to any venue. Imagine is currently producing and touring over 25 exhibitions in museums, science centers, aquariums, integrated resort properties and non-traditional venues throughout the world. For more information, visit www.imagineexhibitions.com or visit the Facebook page.

Scitech has been designing and building remarkable interactive science exhibitions since 1988. Based in Perth, Western Australia, Scitech has a mandate to inspire and engage the community in science, technology, engineering and math and has built a reputation for quality and relevant hands-on experiences. With themes that range from space exploration to uncovering the microcosms in your own backyard, Scitech’s exhibitions travel throughout North America, Asia and the Middle East, facilitated by local agents such as Imagine Exhibitions.

SOURCE: Manned Space Flight Education Foundation

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