Be Merry on the Moon at Space Center Houston
Experience a one-of-kind blockbuster lunar exhibit and thrilling space adventures
HOUSTON, Nov. 8, 2017 – Make the holiday season an unforgettable lunar experience. Space Center Houston offers the ultimate adventure with flown spacecraft from the first and last crewed lunar landings, and a chance to touch a moon rock and have Lunch with an Astronaut on Fridays and Saturdays.
“Our center has so many fun immersive learning experiences including being among historic spacecraft that landed astronauts on the moon,” said William T. Harris, president and CEO for the nonprofit. “Give your out-of-town guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience by exploring the rich history of the Apollo era and experiencing what NASA is doing now and in the future.”
Space Center Houston has something for everyone. See astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s extravehicular visor and gloves and have fun with robots in an educational winter day camp. Experience the world premiere “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” exhibit and experience the Apollo era through the eyes of space and science experts during Space Center Houston’s Thought Leader Series.
Kick off the holiday season with the center’s top experiences. Discover The Real Thing with more than 400 things to see and do.
Immerse yourself in the world premiere of “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” exhibit. Only at Space Center Houston will guests experience the command modules from the first and last lunar landings, together under the same roof for the first time. Space Center Houston is the home of the Apollo 17 command module from the last moon landing. See more than 20 one-of-a-kind Apollo 11 mission artifacts, some of which flew on the historic Apollo 11 mission. The exhibit includes the hatch, a lunar sample return container, Astronaut Michael Collins’ Omega Speedmaster watch, a star chart and survival kit. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit is on display until March 18.
In his only Houston appearance Nov. 18, bestselling author Andy Weir of “The Martian” fame will talk about his new book “Artemis,” a near-future thriller involving a heist on the moon, which has become colonized by humans. Weir’s appearance is included with admission and will be at 1 p.m. followed by a book signing 2-4 p.m. The appearance comes just a few days after the book debuts.
Thought Leader Series: At 6 p.m. Dec. 8, get a new look at the Apollo 17 mission with legends such as Apollo 17 Astronaut Dr. Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, former flight director Gerry Griffin and scientist Dr. Paul Spudis.
Day camps: November 20-22 and Dec. 26-Jan. 5 – Young explorers will get the most out of their break at our educational winter day camps. Children ages 5-11 will engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities, while learning about space exploration. Campers will participate in innovative robotics challenges, take part in space-themed interactive experiences and explore all that Space Center Houston has to offer.
Lunch with an Astronaut: Held every Friday and Saturday at noon, gives visitors an up-close meeting with an astronaut over a cosmic lunch. Enjoy this ultimate experience and make family memories that will last a lifetime.
Space Center Houston is open every day but Christmas. 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. 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 more than 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 a Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. More than 200,000 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 experience. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.
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