News Release

The Ultimate Wonderland Awaits with Astronauts, Robots and Rovers at Space Center Houston This Holiday Season

HOUSTON, Dec. 9, 2016 – Celebrate the holiday season and The Real Thing with astronauts, robots and a Mars rover at the ultimate wonderland, Space Center Houston.


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“It’s the season to discover a new festive tradition the whole family will enjoy,” said William T. Harris, president and CEO for the nonprofit Space Center Houston. “Climb into our simulated ‘centrifuge,’ stand close to a real Mars rover or bring your out-of-town guests to have lunch with an astronaut.”

The ultimate holiday adventure has something for everyone. See the “Hope” spacesuit with art pieces painted by young cancer patients. Delve into robotics using Dash and Sphero® robots in an educational winter day camp. Experience the thrill of deep-space exploration in Space Center Houston’s fall exhibit, Astronaut, making its North American premiere. Space Center Houston is open every day but Christmas.

Make memories that will last a lifetime. Kick off the holiday season with the center’s top five thrilling adventures. Explore, experience and discover The Real Thing with more than 400 things to see and do.

  1. The Spacesuit Art Project features the “Hope” spacesuit replica hand-painted by young cancer patients and made of more than 600 art pieces. The project uses the healing power of art to foster hope and raise awareness about childhood cancer through Feb. 12. It’s a collaboration between the University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer’s Arts in Medicine Program, NASA and the spacesuit company ILC Dover.
  2. The Space Exploration Vehicle (SEV) is on display 12-Jan. 9. Part of a new generation of roving space vehicles, the SEV will allow astronauts to explore multiple sites on Mars, serve as a storm shelter and assist the astronauts with their spacesuits. The SEV will help robots and astronauts build a long-term space presence and conduct a wealth of science experiments in future deep-space missions.
  3. Winter day camps, Dec. 19-23, 26-30 – Young explorers will get the most out of their break at our educational winter day camps. Children age 4-11 are challenged with rigorous, hands-on activities in space science and robotics. Campers can tour Independence Plaza, see Space Center Houston shows and films and get a behind-the-scenes tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center.
  4. Astronaut, Space Center Houston’s fall exhibit presented by the city of Webster through Jan. 16, allows guests to begin their astronaut training today. Visitors can sit on a space bike or take a spin in a simulated “centrifuge” capsule and experience the everyday life of astronauts. The exhibit allows people to launch rockets, serve as mission commanders and discover how to grow plant species in space.
  5. Lunch with an Astronaut is held every Friday plus special holiday appearances on Dec. 23, 28-30. This special experience 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. Begins at noon.

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 tips on planning your trip, go to spacecenter.org/visitor. 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 in 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.

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