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Let Dreams Take Flight This Summer During Space Center Houston’s Days of Elevation

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HOUSTON, May 9, 2018 – Soar beyond boundaries this summer at Space Center Houston during Days of Elevation. As a leading science and space exploration learning center, Space Center Houston offers family fun, interactive educational activities and a launch pad for adventure.

“If you’ve dreamed of flying, come get a bird’s-eye view of the future of flight in our new summer exhibit, blast off in a Mars simulator and camp out under the stars with us,” said William T. Harris, the nonprofit’s president and CEO. “Space Center Houston has something for everyone.”

Elevate your knowledge this summer by discovering concepts that bring the next frontier in space and aviation to life in our all-new exhibit Above and Beyond, presented by Boeing and made possible locally by Coca-Cola. It’s a hands-on experience about aerospace innovation with design challenges, simulations, interactive galleries and immersive videos. Soar like a bird, ride an elevator to outer space, design and fly a supersonic jet and more.

Hear from experts on a variety of space and science topics in our monthly Thought Leader Series. Dr. Alan Stern was the principal investigator for the New Horizons spacecraft mission to view Pluto, writing a book about its successes with David Grinspoon. The two scientist-authors appear in the next installment of Space Center Houston’s Thought Leader Series 7-8:30 p.m. May 12. A free ticket is required for entry.

Visitors will join the expedition through deep space in the Mission Mars interactive exhibit. Get up close to a real Orion engineering model and learn about the hardware that will get us to Mars. Feel how gravity on Earth compares to that of the red planet. Touch a Mars rock, launch a bottle rocket and step inside our Orion simulator to blast off on your own space exploration journey to the fourth planet in our solar system.

Space Center Houston is the home of the one-of-a-kind Independence Plaza where visitors get a stunning look at the Space Shuttle Program. Enter the high-fidelity shuttle replica Independence to get a feel for what it’s like to be an astronaut. Go inside NASA 905, the historic shuttle carrier aircraft that ferried all six of NASA’s shuttle orbiters. Walk the path of our Orbiter Access Arm, where astronauts made their final steps on Earth before entering the shuttle orbiter and launching into space.

Elevate your visit with our special summer events. Become a scientist through engaging, hands-on space and science activities in our Pop-Up Science Labs all summer long. Meet real American heroes and hear their first-hand space-exploration stories every Friday and Saturday at Lunch with an Astronaut. Spend a night at the museum and sleep under the wing of the original shuttle carrier aircraft during our Family Campouts May 12 and June 23. Mingle with young professionals at our Starlight Social May 31.

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. Or, become a member and return free all summer long. 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 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 1 million visitors annually, was named “The Best Museum in Texas” 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 250,000 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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