Discover Space Center Houston’s Top Five Cosmic Spring Attractions
HOUSTON, March 2, 2016 – Meet an astronaut, walk inside a space shuttle and pilot an airplane during Space Center Houston’s Cosmic Spring, presented by the city of Webster throughout March.
“Visitors will feel like an explorer on the ultimate mission,” said Richard Allen, president and CEO for the nonprofit Space Center Houston. “Plan a full-day adventure and navigate your way through hands-on activities in the new spring exhibit, board the tram tour and walk through the giant Independence Plaza complex.”
There are more than 400 things to see and do, plus special opportunities just for Space Center Houston’s Cosmic Spring. Visitors can enter the one-of-a-kind exhibit, Independence Plaza, dedicated to the historic shuttle era; have fun in an all-new interactive exhibit that explores the exciting modes of transportation; and meet an astronaut as a part of the center’s Cosmic Spring line-up.
Make it your mission to accomplish all top five Cosmic Spring experiences.
- “Journey To Space:” Watch a film about the exciting work happening at NASA in the newly updated Space Center Theater. With stunning 4K ultra-high definition, new audio and an all-new giant screen, the film tells the story of historic space explorations and future missions to land astronauts on Mars. Learn about the future spacesuit design, the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS) that will allow astronauts to explore deep space.
- Meet an Astronaut: See a real space pioneer and hear stories about their space adventures every Friday with extra engagements March 14-18 and March 24. See astronauts Clay Anderson, Ken Cameron, Leroy Chiao, Mike McCulley, Brain Duffy, Mike Foreman and Mark Polansky. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear what it takes to become an astronaut and hear fascinating stories from brave men who spent time in space.
- NASA Tram Tour: Go behind-the-scenes to see history in the making at NASA Johnson Space Center. The NASA Tram Tour is expanded for Cosmic Spring and takes visitors to see the state-of-the-art astronaut training facilities; the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, where astronauts train for spacewalks in the zero-gravity pool; Historic Mission Control, a national historic landmark where NASA monitored missions to the moon; and Rocket Park, where the enormous Saturn V Rocket is housed.
- Going Places – the Technology of Transport, presented by the city of Webster now through May 1: Discover the technology that transforms how we live in Space Center Houston’s interactive spring exhibit. The North American premiere, Going Places, designed and produced by Scitech and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, is an interactive science exhibit that explores the technology developed for travel. With hands-on displays, visitors will fly an airplane, ride a hovercraft or race a friend on a recumbent bicycle.
- Independence Plaza presented by Boeing: The new exhibit brings the 30-year Space Shuttle Program to life with interactive exhibits and an up-close look at many NASA artifacts – all inside a full shuttle replica mounted on top of the original shuttle carrier aircraft. Stand inside the giant plane, walk inside the shuttle and see astronaut living quarters.
To enhance your visit, Space Center Houston has launched a new Astronaut Audio Tour with first-hand stories from space pioneers, 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 out-of-this world collection and interactive activities. Don’t miss the interactive games and the wealth of information that tell the evolution 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. Space Center Houston has expanded hours of 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 12-27. 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 Independence and the tram tour. There are three easy ways to reserve a timed ticket. Prior to a visit, reserve a ticket at spacecenter.org/timed-ticketing. Or upon arriving at the center, go first to the timed-ticket stations at the Membership Desk where a Crew Member can assist in reserving a spot, or use your mobile device at spacecenter.org/nowait to reserve a tour. For tips on planning your trip, go to spacecenter.org/visitor.
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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit space museum with an extensive science education program. The cornerstone of its science education mission is Space Center Houston, which USA Today called “The Big Draw” in the greater Houston area with nearly 1 million visitors annually and 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. The center draws more than 100,000 teachers and students annually from around the world. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.
SOURCE: Manned Space Flight Education Foundation
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